MISSION – United States Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) hosted a Congressional delegation on a tour of the U.S. - Mexico border.

Along with Cornyn, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dean Heller (R-NV) as well as U.S. Reps John Carter (TX-31), Mike Conaway (TX-11) and David Rouzer (NC-07) made the trip to learn about border security, trade and economic development issues.

Cornyn has tried to bring more legislators to the border and with the help of mayors like Jim Darling of McAllen as well as the officials from the Border Patrol he has done so.

“I think we finally all feel like something important is going to happen this time,” Cornyn said on the banks of the Rio Grande River. “Before we've come down here and talked about what we need to do and what we haven't done but I believe we're finally in a position to make important accomplishments along the border.”

During the tour the delegation noticed a chart published by the United States Chamber of Commerce which pointed out 5 million American jobs depend on binational trade between Mexico and the United States.

Cornyn hopes those visiting the border learns that what happens at the border affects the entire U.S. Population because both economies are imminently tied.

The delegation visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station where they were given a comprehensive briefing on law enforcement's approach to securing the South Texas border.