Before the sun rose on Saturday, Glenn Beck, Dana Loesch, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) went to the border in McAllen, Texas as part of Mercury One's border relief effort.
Though they are all staunchly opposed to illegal immigration, Beck, Loesch, Gohmert and Weber all believe Americans have a responsibility to care for the children at our border until they can be sent home. Before the effort to pass out food, water, clothing and toys to illegal immigrant children began, they wanted to get a better idea of what to expect.
TheBlaze's Mike Opelka, who accompanied the group, took photos of what they encountered:
This infant size sneaker was one of many heartbreaking images we captured in the early morning hours along the border http://t.co/ls6w5dJbje— Mike Opelka (@Mike Opelka)1405768950.0
Baby scorpion sits atop a child's life vest. It is in a pile of trash less than 100 feet from the river. http://t.co/bJctcXI45s— Mike Opelka (@Mike Opelka)1405768888.0
"Nobody here looks like they're being overly taken care of," Opelka said on TheBlaze Radio's Cain and Cupp. "This is a group that doesn't have a whole lot."
Loesch posted a number of photos to Twitter and Instagram, as well.
Here, Loesch said Gohmert was leading the group "through the brush to the border at sunrise":
Loesch posted the photo below with the caption: "This area, where we are parked, is where cartels shot 50cals at border agents to cover illegal immigrants around 1am CT, per Gohmert."
Loesch said they arrived "just hours" after the shots were fired.
Loesch said the photo below is a "massive pile of life jackets":
She also posted this message:
Border patrol apprehended 90 illegal immigrants last night alone here in McAllen.— Dana Loesch (@Dana Loesch)1405769785.0
Opelka said on TheBlaze Radio that there were "piles of clothing," including "baby shoes, toddler shoes, [and] tiny life vests" along the banks of the Rio Grande.
Opelka compared the smell to a "garbage fire," and said many were uncomfortable after 15 minutes.
"How many days did they spend in worse conditions?" he asked.
Opelka also interviewed Gohmert on his own radio show, Pure Opelka, several hours later. You can listen to the complete interview below (skip to around 12 minutes in):
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