Loop approved codel: Visit the border

 


Immigrants who have been detained while crossing the border are held inside a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Tex. (Rick Loomisl/Los Angeles Times via AP)

The weather in Washington at the end of this week has been unseasonably perfect, so allow us to commend the members of Congress who are visiting the U.S.-Mexico border where the highs in South Texas are above 100 degrees.

The Loop will famously call out lawmakers for taxpayer-funded luxury codels, but we’ll gladly give credit too when they travel to less comfortable places to actually do their jobs.

In this case, their job is seeing firsthand the border crisis they have been, and will be for the foreseeable future, arguing over how to solve.

The codel to McAllen. Tex., left Thursday night for a 24-hour stay. The trip, led by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), includes Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Al Green (D-Tex.).

(It seems that Murkowski was invited so it could be billed as a bipartisan trip.)

As colleague Sebastian Payne pointed out Thursday, many members of Congress critical of President Obama for not visiting the border, where an influx of unaccompanied migrant children has ignited a political firestorm over the U.S.’s immigration policies, have not gone themselves in the last two months.

Many of the trips were over the Fourth of July holiday, and it’s difficult to reschedule those fundraiser barbecues.

For those contemplating whether or not to make the trip to the sweltering border, which lacks the usual amenities of lawmaker travel, file this one as a Loop approved trip.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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