The 7-minute video shows behind-the-scenes footage of senators visiting the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in the Rio Grande and talking with border agents about the recent uptick of drugs they’ve seized at the border, including marijuana and heroin.
The video shows senators inspecting some seemingly legitimate items border agents confiscated at the port of entry that were filled with drugs, including pallets, tires and even fruit.
“It is amazing how ingenious the drug smugglers are,” 它的. 苏珊·柯林斯（Susan Collins）, 缅因州, says in the video. “例如, thousands of coconuts were found to have drugs inside of them.”
The newly released footage comes as the Biden Administration Thursday revealed jaw-dropping numbers showing just how stressed the immigration system at the southern border has become this year.
美国. border officials picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling across the southern border alone in March, the largest monthly number ever recorded.
总体, the tally for all migrants encountered in March of all ages was 172,000, 一个 100% percent increase from the already high numbers in February — Biden’s first full month in office.
The GOP senators visited the border at the end of March to see the situation for themselves. The delegation of 19 senators was led by Texas Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn.
The members went on a midnight patrol of the border, witnessed smugglers trying to traffic migrant children into the United States and visited a crowded processing facility in Donna, Texas where they captured images of children sleeping on the floor, despite being told to delete their cell phone pictures by a Biden Administration official.