Fortenberry at the Texas border says it’s ‘almost wide open’ | Regional government
Representative Jeff Fortenberry visited the Texas border with Mexico on Tuesday, describing the border along the Rio Grande River as “almost wide open” to illegal passage to the United States.
âFor those of us who aren’t at the border, it’s a shocking experience,â the Republican 1st District congressman said in a series of Twitter posts.
âThe Border Patrol needs help,â Fortenberry tweeted. âThey have a 500% increase in cases.
âWith Border Patrol,â the Lincoln congressman tweeted at another point, âpeople cross paths. Surrender. Almost relaxed. Surreal.â
âIt says it all when politics change,â Fortenberry said in another tweet that accompanied a photo of a border fence. “Small fence to protect the border. The big fence was built to do better. The big fence is being torn down. Defy logic.”
In a tweet describing a lawsuit, Fortenberry wrote: “It’s not glamorous: tall brush, weeds, heat, mud – and plenty of places to hide. It just becomes the Old West here again. The sheriff needs help. “
Fortenberry said at one point it was near the town of Uvalde.
âThe sheriff just let us know that right now people who are here illegally are fighting with border patrol officers and officers near the railroad tracks.
“It will probably be a difficult day,” the congressman wrote.