Rep. Johnson reflects on southern border trip


UPDATED 1:42 p.m.: 

Rep. Dusty Johnson has more information about one of Congress’s most pressing issues after getting a hands on experience this week. 

Back in KELOLAND Friday, Johnson has been reflecting on his journey to Arizona to see the southern border. He said every member of Congress should go visit the southern border for both a “national security and a humanitarian perspective.” 

 “Our systems are not working. They’re failing,” Johnson said. “The traffic we’re seeing is much higher than we’ve seen even just a few months ago. Our systems in place right now are wholly inadequate for what we need to have them look like.”

See more of Johnson’s interview about his experience on KELOLAND News Friday night.  

11:02 a.m.

Rep. Dusty Johnson is back home in South Dakota after a trip to the U.S.-Mexico earlier this week. 

Johnson says his visit to the southern border is one of the most educational things he’s done while in Congress. He says the experience didn’t change any of his views on border security but it did deepen his support for more wall and better resources for border patrol agents. 

“We spent 95-percent of our time in the Yuma/San Luis area. That is right there on the southern border. We were able to see detention areas. We were able to see wall. We went out into the desert and saw miles and miles of wall and we talked to drug enforcement agents. It was a pretty comprehensive trip,” Johnson said.

Johnson says Congress is appropriating money for better border security but not fast enough. Hear more from Johnson and his trip on KELOLAND News Friday night. 

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