By Alicia Neaves
A local congressman is inviting House Speaker John Boehner to tour the Texas border. His goal is for Boehner to see first-hand what border officials and border towns have to deal with every day.
Instead of hearing from someone else what's going on along the Texas/Mexico border, Gallego hopes Boehner's visit will show him first-hand what the border needs to help fix the crisis. Starting with the leader of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Because he's such a key player, I would like for him to come down and see what it is we live with every day. So he doesn't have to hear it from other people. So he can see it with his own eyes and then he can make up his own mind," Pete Gallego, U.S. Congressman of the 23rd District of Texas, said.
Congressman Pete Gallego's focus is to expose the need for more resources, and if there's anyone that has the heavy hand to remedy that need, it's House Speaker John Boehner.
"If there's one thing we've needed on the border for a long time it's infrastructure and resources. Border Patrol has to have the resources, for example, to do their job," Gallego said.
Not to mention the need for additional security to help make the border stronger.
"Even the KKK has been along the border. All of these self-styled militia groups, for example, I want him to see that we need more and better security," Gallego said.
Gallego says many are quick to suggest putting up a wall to keep the immigrants out. His response is for everyone, including Boehner, to see the bigger picture.
"I want him to see the border is not the back door to the U.S. It's actually the front door to the U.S. It's the door through which most of our trade and commerce, particularly in Texas flows," Gallego said.
As for the current humanitarian crisis, with more than 50,000 undocumented immigrants from Central America crossing the border, Gallego hopes Boehner will realize the need for more lawyers and judges to help determine whether immigrants should be granted asylum or be sent back to their home country in a timely manner.
"It was a much bigger, much bigger spike. A much bigger wave of people than anyone had ever seen or that anyone had ever anticipated," Gallego said.
John Boehner hasn't RSVP'd yet, nor has a particular spot along the border been confirmed for his visit.