Schmitt visits Mexican border on “fact finding mission”

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt traveled to Texas this week for what he described as a “fact finding mission” to learn about illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The New Windsor Republican reported on his stops in a series of press releases, including an escort by the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday to a border fence, legal and illegal entry spots, and an emergency shelter for immigrants. He said he spoke with border patrol agents, humanitarian aid workers and some recent immigrants themselves, and concluded that recent New York policies he already opposed that were meant to help illegal immigrants – such as allowing them to get driver’s licenses – are bad because they will encourage more unauthorized border crossing.

“As Assemblyman I plan to bring this reality to my colleagues during debate and discussion on legislation,” Schmitt said. “We cannot continue to do harm and create pull factors which hurt our state, our nation and lead to the exploitation of men, women and children by cartels.”

Schmitt’s office said he paid for his own travel and lodging expenses and won’t be seeking reimbursement from the state.

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