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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Indiana Congresswoman Victoria Spartz traveled to the southern border to witness the immigration crisis first-hand.

Spartz represents the fifth congressional district, which covers areas like Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, Anderson and Marion. She was joined by seven Democrat colleagues who visited the El Paso Border Patrol Central Processing Center, and met with agents, immigration advocates and migrant children.

“It is absolutely clear that we have a real crisis at our southern border,” Spartz said. “I talked to a six-year-old girl devastated by being separated from her eight-year-old brother. These siblings were sent by their parents to cross our border by themselves and there are busloads of children with similar stories arriving every day.”

Spartz says they saw more than 1,000 children at the central processing center, most of whom will stay there for weeks.

“President Biden’s policies have encouraged this influx, weakened our border security, and aided the drug cartels,” Spartz added. “We need to have a better immigration system and we need to have better reform, because if we want to promote our freedoms, we need a strong country of freedoms and protect our freedoms for future generations.”

She says she looks forward to working with her colleagues — both republicans and democrats — to find a solution.