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MISSION, TX. – U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) traveled to Texas with 17 other Republican senators to see firsthand the immigration crisis at the southern border.

The senators met with Border Patrol agents, went on a midnight patrol, toured the Donna processing facility, inspected the border wall and went on a boat patrol of the Rio Grande.

Barrasso said the senators made it a priority to thank the Border Patrol agents for the job they do every day and every night.

“The Border Patrol agents told us their job got a lot harder on January 20, the day Joe Biden became president,” Barrasso said. “As we were with them last night in the darkness across the river, we could see the traffickers, the coyotes and the smugglers on the other side of the river with their bright lights. They were taunting our border agents, saying ‘you cannot stop us now.’ That’s what our agents are up against as a result of the Biden administration.”

Barrasso also talked about the heartbreaking conditions at the Donna, TX processing facility.

“Today, we went to the Donna facility. What we saw were young people crammed in like sardines – something none of us would want for any of our own children,” Barrasso said. “As we tried to take video of what was happening there to share with the country and the world, the Biden administration tried to stop us.”

The Biden administration refused to allow media access to a large majority of the trip and continues to limit access for media to key border facilities.

“Yesterday, President Biden held a news conference and he said that the great majority of families who come here illegally are being sent back. That’s not true and either he doesn’t know it or won’t admit it to the American people. The Border Patrol will tell you it’s not true and the senators who are here today will tell you it’s not true,” Barrasso said. “It’s time to let the press in to see what is happening and the tragedy that this administration has brought onto our nation.”