Sen. Young speaks on “crisis” at southern border during Fort Wayne visit

Sen. Todd Young during Fort Wayne campaign event
Sen. Todd Young during Fort Wayne campaign event(staff)
Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 11:57 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - U.S. Senator Todd Young says he intends to make security along the southern border a cornerstone of his campaign this year.

At a campaign event today at the Allen County Republican Headquarters, Young touted his endorsement from the National Border Patrol Council. An official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said that a group of about 2,300 people left the southern Mexican city of Tapachula on Monday, heading north.

Young calls the situation a “national health and national security crisis”--saying he’s campaigning to prevent asylum seekers from living in the U.S. while their immigration proceedings play out. President of the Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd says he supports the Midwest senator’s efforts.

“Asylum is a very important part of the fabric of our country, but we can’t allow people to gain loopholes and get released into the United States after claiming asylum. So if Senator Young can lead the charge in closing those loopholes with legislation, that would be fantastic,” Judd said.

“We’ve got a horrific and incredibly troubling drug epidemic in this country,” Sen. Young said. “We have human trafficking challenges throughout the state of Indiana. And crime problems in our cities. All of these problems are created or exacerbated by our southern border.”

WPTA21 asked Young what efforts he supports to help prevent the next school shooting. He says he supports implementing red flag laws, better mental health support, and providing funding for school security.

With Young focusing on the border, his General Election opponent Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott says he’s campaigning on gun safety, abortion access, and decriminalizing marijuana.

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