GOP Doctors Caucus Members Reflect on Visit to Rio Grande Valley Sector

Washington, July 2, 2019 Contact: Ann Tumolo (202-225-3164)

Representative Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (OH-02) traveled with the GOP Doctor’s Caucus to the Rio Grande Valley Sector with senior medical officials from the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, June 28. The trip had a special emphasis on medical screenings for migrants who have crossed the border. Congressman Brad Wenstrup released the following statement: 

“It was important to see firsthand the unprecedented influx of asylum seekers at the southern border. During our visit to the Rio Grande Valley Sector, every refugee I saw, young and old, calmly approached border patrol and processed, which included health screening and care as needed. They appeared to be receiving sufficient health care and living conditions, to a standard with which we as Americans can be satisfied, considering the challenging circumstances. We also had the opportunity to see how the federal government will use the additional resources Congress just allocated in the bipartisan emergency border relief funding bill, which passed with my support last week. This bill provides funds to address the many needs at the border, but it is not a replacement for fixing our broken immigration system or securing the border,” said Rep. Wenstrup.

Click here to hear Congressman Wenstrup speak about U.S. Border Patrol
and Homeland Security's work at the southern border. 


On June 27, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to provide an additional $4.6 billion in emergency supplemental funding to provide critical aid and resources to address the crisis along the southern border before the government runs out of money. This agreement, already passed by the Senate, provides the Administration the necessary funding, resources, and flexibility to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the southern border.