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Matt Petrillo reports.
- Now at 5:30, a local lawmaker speaks out about the crisis of the nation's southern border. It comes as the US deals with a surge of migrants, many of them unaccompanied minors. Delaware Senator Tom Carper, a Democrat, recently visited with Border Patrol in West Texas. And today, he talked about what he saw and experienced. Matt Petrillo has the story.
TOM CARPER: There's a sharing of responsibility here at the border.
MATT PETRILLO: US Senator Tom Carper's office shared these images of the Democrat meeting this week with Border Patrol agents near El Paso, Texas. That's where Senator Carper also visited a facility for unaccompanied migrant children.
TOM CARPER: We were in a facility at Fort Bliss that can take care of 5,000 kids. Very humane. Clothes, showers, health care, food, the ability to play outside. You have, like-- it's pretty amazing what they've done there.
MATT PETRILLO: Speaking Thursday outside of Wilmington's Latin American Community Center, the senator acknowledged the trip comes as the Biden administration faces criticism for its handling of the border. 170,000 migrants were apprehended in March, a 70% increase from February.
TOM CARPER: People say, why should we care about the people and the condition that they're in down there? Why, what's this on us? We are complicit in their misery. We are complicit in their misery.
MATT PETRILLO: Carper adds the children he saw traveled many miles to the US to search for a better life.
TOM CARPER: These kids are, a lot of them, on their own.
MATT PETRILLO: And I also asked the senator what he plans to do with that information when he gets to Washington. He told me he plans to advocate for ambassadors in countries that currently have none, like Honduras. In Wilmington, Matt Petrillo, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.