Johnson Gets First Hand Look At Life Near US-Mexico Border

(WNAX) — South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson was part of a delegation that spent time last week along the Mexican border in Arizona. He says he saw numbers of immigrants trying to get into the US…

“Well, the systems we’ve got are overwhelmed and….I’ve known that. We’ve had professionals telling us that for a long time, but I think it nestles into your heart a little deeper when you’re, you know, seeing how easy it is to cross the border with your own eyes…you know, when you look…six year olds eyes…six year old girl, in the eyes. It just…I think you get a fuller and deeper understanding of how important it is for Congress to do their jobs here and for us to do a better job both with national security and the humanitarian aid.”

Johnson says while he saw a narrow part of the border near Yuma, they have many of the same problems…

“Well Yuma is um, you know, the third busiest border sector in regards to apprehension in the country, so it’s a little bit in the middle of the pack, now quite as busy as some but it is far busier than others. It does get…being in Yuma does give you a pretty good sense, I think of where the breakdowns are in the system and its part of the learning process. It doesn’t give you all the answers but it does help.”

Johnson says he heard from many border patrol officers about dealing with asylum seekers…

“Not all of those people are telling us the truth. Most of the people who claim asylum are not legitimate asylum recipients. Many of the people who tell us they are part of a family group are not part of a legitimate family group. It is…part of what makes this so difficult is that you want to design a solution that works for families that who are fleeing persecution, but you also need to design a system that can catch people who are lying to us about those things.”

Johnson says it is a difficult issue and that is why Congress has been unable to find any solutions.