Spanberger, other members of Congress heading to southern border

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local member of the U.S. Congress will be heading to the United States southern border on Friday as part of a group of her colleagues.

Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and other members of Congress will inspect points of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station, and an immigration detention facility in the area of McAllen, Texas.

She will also be inspecting the physical border and participate in discussions with border security and human rights experts.

"The humanitarian and national security situation at our southwest border continues to be one marked by great instability and continued human suffering. As a former federal law enforcement agent and a former intelligence officer, I recognize the ever-evolving challenge of keeping our borders secure, and as a legislator and American, I affirm that we must ensure that our country's treatment of those processed and detained at U.S. border facilities is in keeping with our values," said Spanberger. "On this bipartisan visit, we will visit our border facilities and speak directly with law enforcement personnel on the ground as well as the individuals and families who are detained in U.S. facilities along the border. Congress has a responsibility to pursue a long-term solution to address the challenges of our immigration policies, and we must build a forward-thinking strategy that improves conditions for those in detention facilities, fixes our broken immigration system, keeps our borders secure, strengthens our drug detection efforts at ports of entry, and respects the rule of law. The goal of this bipartisan trip is to share the experience of these visits and conversations with our colleagues across the political spectrum, so that we may actually take firm steps forward in resolving our immediate immigration crisis and securing our border security long term."

The U.S. House recently passed an amendment Spanberger wrote that requires the U.S. intelligence community to gain a better understanding of the ripple effects of drug trafficking, human trafficking, and human smuggling in the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and Mexico.

Spanberger also joined in passing an emergency supplemental funding package to help address the effects of the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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