WASHINGTON D.C. (Nexstar)-In a fiery hearing, Tuesday Senators questioned the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner.
Senators focused on border security and if the migrant caravans are dangerous.
“Has CBP ever fired tear gas at young children at the border prior to November 25th?”, Sen. Feinstein asked.
“Just to clarify Senator, we did not fire tear gas AT young children,” Kevin McAleenan, CBP Commissioner said.
Senator Mike Lee asked if the caravan included some dangerous criminals.
McAleenan said the caravans vary but he believes a border wall would be helpful. The high cost of the wall, which includes buying privately owned land is a concern for some Republican Senators.
“Why does this wall slash fence slash barrier cost 25 million dollars a mile?,” Sen. John Kennedy said.
The cost of the wall varies between five and 25 million dollars per mile, depending on the terrain and technology used according to the commissioner’s testimony.
Rather than focusing on an expensive border wall, Democratic Senators want to know why CBP and the Trump administration don’t focus more on stopping fentanyl from coming into the country.
Senator Richard Durbin says the deadly drug is coming to the U.S. From China in the mail, on cargo ships and across legal border crossings
“for the worst drug epidemic in our history – where is the passion for this?” he said.
In the recently signed opioid bill — there is a provision to try to detect and stop the fentanyl from overseas.