Cruz, Cornyn, fellow Republicans held joint new conference after touring Texas-Mexico border

FILE - Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, center, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, right, speak together, joined at far left by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., in the House chamber as they await a speech by the Greek prime minister, at the Capitol in Washington, May 17, 2022. In the aftermath of the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, their home state, a bipartisan group of senators, including Cornyn are holding private virtual meetings during recess to try to strike a compromise over gun safety legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (Copyright 2022 by The Associated Press - All rights reserved.)

MCALLEN, Texas – U.S. Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn spoke at a joint news conference Friday with several other Republican senators to discuss border policies.

Cornyn and Cruz was be joined by colleagues James Lankford (R-Okla.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) on a tour of the Rio Grande Valley to survey the U.S.-Mexico border.

The senators participated in a night tour of the border with law enforcement, an aerial border tour with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and met with local landowners to discuss the impact of the Biden administration’s border policies on Texas communities, according to a news release about the visit. Additionally, the senators received briefings from the National Border Patrol Council and CBP, as well as the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to discuss federal and state efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. They will also meet with local elected officials.

Watch the full presser below:

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