CALEXICO, Calif. (KGTV) - Vice President Mike Pence toured the US-Mexico border in Southern California Monday, answering questions about the migrant caravan waiting to apply for asylum.
Nearly 200 Border Patrol agents joined the Vice President at the Imperial station in Calexico.
Pence said the migrant caravan’s attempt to seek asylum was a direct result of weak immigration laws and a “porous border.”
He called on Congress to close what he described as immigration loopholes. Pence also asked for an end to the current catch-and-release policy, and a crackdown on sanctuary cities.
“All of this cries out for action and thanks to the leadership to President Donald Trump, we are protecting the American people along our southern border and we are building a wall,” said Pence.
Pence toured the construction site of the border fence renovation and received an update on the progress.
“This new wall is roughly two or three times taller than the wall that was here today. It represents the kind of new border wall measures that we will be implementing,” he said.
Critics said the project was identified as a priority in 2009, with the money getting approved last year.