On Tuesday, Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz shared a startling video from the US-Mexico border near Yuma, Arizona, explaining that during a recent trip, lawmakers “saw over 70 people detained in that area alone.”
“This is a crisis,” Gaetz said, echoing calls from other Republicans and law enforcement officials who have repeatedly stressed the need to address the growing numbers of migrants being detained at the border.
Gaetz stressed the dire need for a physical barrier at the Colorado River near Yuma, where there is currently no barrier, explaining that the region is “one of the principal areas of human smuggling.”
WATCH: There is no barrier between the United States and Mexico at the Colorado River in Yuma, Arizona. While we were there last week, we saw over 70 people detained in that area alone. This is a crisis. #BuildTheWall pic.twitter.com/6NKwqstNGY
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) April 23, 2019
Conservatives on social media also pointed out that other states, such as New Mexico, are experiencing similar problems, while encouraging Gaetz and other Republicans to continue fighting for increased border security.
New Mexico is being invaded as well. They keep bussing more and more illegals to Las Cruces and Albuquerque. This has got to stop.
— ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@word_criminal) April 23, 2019
Thank you for fighting for us!! #AmericaFirst
— SheMom 👸🏼 of 🌎🙏🏼 (@MommysBigMouth) April 23, 2019
What was Bush doing when he was gov. of Texas? He did not address the border at all.
— Bunny 🐰 (@Trumpservative1) April 23, 2019
THAT’S REALLY SCARY!
— Raven Haber (@lightray69) April 23, 2019
Thanks Matt! Keep doing great things for us!
— Kody (@GOTIceWallinTX) April 23, 2019