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Barrasso among senators on trip to Mexican border to investigate concerns on children

Aug 4, 2014 - The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Seven U.S. senators, including Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, have visited the Texas-Mexico border on a fact-finding mission focusing on the immigration crisis.

The group met Friday with Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske during a visit to a border patrol station, port of entry and centralized processing center.

They also visited a military base that's housing thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who have crossed the U.S. border.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine organized the trip.

Other participants were Barrasso, Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, , Angus King of Maine, John Boozman of Arkansas, Deb Fisher of Nebraska and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Congress has been stymied in attempts to pass legislation to address the border crisis.

House Republican leaders on Thursday abandoned a vote on a $659 million bill. Congress is now adjourned for the summer.

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