It's one thing to talk about immigration problems, but it's a whole other ballgame to actually see a dead body floating in the Rio Grande, along that ribbon of water dividing Texas and Mexico.
That's what a group of politicians saw as they motored down the border river between Texas and Mexico on a three-day tour of the border arranged by Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee last week, according to the Randolph Reporter.
The body was determined to be that of a Honduran man believed killed in the Mexico drug wars.
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The boat tour was a part of a larger look at the border from Texas to New Mexico to Arizona and California using boats and Black hawk helicopters to check out the dividing lines between the two countries. McCaul was with U.S. Reps. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, and Leonard Lance, R-New Jersey when they saw the body.
Around here, where we've been hearing about the drug violence for so long, it almost seems prosaic, a body in a river, but it's certainly not something those guys from Washington D.C. see every day. Republicans have been pushing border security as a part of immigration reform, Politico notes, and being politicians, the guys on the tour took the experience and used it as a part of their message about the need for more security between the borders. (Fish, swim; Bird, fly; Politician, spin -- it's in their nature.)
"My colleagues and I saw firsthand the tragedies of this border and the loss of life when we saw a body floating just a few minutes ago on this river," McCaul said, according to The Associated Press. "And that is a sad fact of this border."
(This seems as good a time as any to note that as much as it sucks seeing a dead body in the river, it probably sucked more being said body. Just saying.)