(KWCH) A Republican congressman from Kansas says he is pleased with the quality of medical attention and housing for migrants in federal facilities at the southern border.
The Kansas City Star reports Rep. Roger Marshall toured several sites in the McAllen area. He says the trip re-solidified his support for President Donald Trump's border wall proposal.
His assessment differs from the one reached by Democrats who this week visited separate facilities in the El Paso area.
A report released Tuesday by Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector General Jennifer Costello raised concerns of overcrowding at some of the same McAllen area facilities Marshall visited.
Marshall traveled to Texas as a member of the "Doc Caucus," a group of Republican doctors in Congress. He has said he might run for U.S. Senate.
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The same day the U.S. Congress approved $4.6 billion to aid the care of migrants being detained at the southern border, we learn Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall toured the area.
The Republican representative tweeted out Thursday that he and a small group of physicians were headed to the border.
Katie Sawyer, a spokesperson for Marshall, said he was given an overview and updates on border crossings, number of migrants in U.S. custody and the daily medical and care routines/responsibilities of the border patrol staff.
The group also toured a processing facility and a holding facility located, both in southeast Texas.
"I do not believe they actually rendered any medical care for migrants but all members on the trip are physicians so much attention was paid to the medical needs of the migrant population," Sawyer said in an email to KWCH.
The acting secretary for homeland security says his department will move quickly to use the aid provided by Congress to handle medical care, transportation and more facilities at the US-Mexico border.