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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost returns from fact-finding visit to southern border

US Rep. Mike Bost new Murphysboro office
Benjy Jeffords
US Rep. Mike Bost new office located in Murphysboro

The Murphysboro Republican wants to know what more he can do to improve conditions for border patrol workers

U.S. Representative Mike Bost held an open house for his new office in Murphysboro Monday, after a fact-finding trip to the U.S.-Mexico border last week.

Representative Mike Bost relocated numerous district offices after redistricting expanded his territory from 12 counties to 34. He says these moves put the offices closer to his constituents.

The Murphysboro Republican recently visited the southern border at Laredo, TX to see what he can do as the Chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee to help the border patrol agents. He says they are facing a tremendous amount of stress and workload.

“They are doing a good job of trying to keep safe the people that are coming across. But, you know, they also brought up, I wasn't trained to be a paramedic. But unfortunately, every day I've got to be a paramedic. I've got to be a child counselor.”

Bost says more than half of the agents are also veterans, and he hopes to help make conditions easier for them.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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