U.S. Sen. Rick Scott surveyed the border city of Laredo, Texas, on Friday amid the Senate’s ongoing debate over the future of immigration legislation and border security.
Here are his insights from his experiences during the visit:
“I enjoyed visiting with Border Patrol agents on the ground to get more information about their needs at the Southern border and how we can keep American families safe. These brave men and women risk their lives every day to keep our country safe, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. Democrats need to stop playing politics and do what’s right for the American people - SECURE OUR BORDER.”
The New York Times in a series of stories traversing the entire border reported from Laredo. Here’s some of what the paper’s reporters wrote about this city and its Mexican counterpart, Nuevo Laredo:
Here, between the two Laredos, the border is booming. Trucks loaded with everything from car parts to packaged food hum across a bridge that has been especially designated for commerce, making it the largest land port in the Americas.
“We are the heart of Nafta,” says Edgardo Pedraza, the head of the Customs Brokers Association in Nuevo Laredo, who insists on being called Gary. “I think of the two sides as one Laredo.”
Geographically, the two cities practically run into each other, bisected only by the Rio Grande. Children cross from Mexico to the United States to attend school. Workers cross, too, as do shoppers, who return with outlet mall bags at all hours of the day.
The two cities share a baseball team, and a history dating back a century and a half. Spanish is spoken on both sides, forging a cultural bond distinct to border towns.
Neither side wants the wall. The river, for most, is border enough.
But even here, there is a stark difference in the freedom of movement of goods versus people.
Every day, hundreds of Mexicans, many with wives and children still living in the United States, are deported and dropped off in Nuevo Laredo.
Read more here.