Schmitt, delegation, tour southern border security

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Fence separating US-Mexico border
State Assemblyman Collin Schmitt speaks to US Border Patrol agent on the border with Mexico while on a factfinding tour on Friday

SOUTHERN BORDER, TEXAS – New York State Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R, New Windsor) was part of a delegation of congressional candidates that toured the US-Mexican border in Texas and New Mexico on Friday. This was his second trip to the region.

Schmitt spoke with border agents and specialists in the field of border security and told Mid-Hudson News there is not just one fix to the issues facing southern border security.

“We have some great advanced technologies, and as you may remember, I was down here in 2019 and it’s interesting to see what has changed and developed since then. There are some great technologies that have developed since then, which are very helpful to increasing the number of successful interdictions that are occurring. But at the same time, we are also seeing issues with the physical security fencing,” he said.

Schmitt is concerned about national security issues related to illegal border crossings, the smuggling of fentanyl and other drugs, and the government’s recent detainee flights to Westchester County and Stewart airports.