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Sen. Hyde-Smith: Tighten security at US border with Mexico

July 5, 2018

JACINTO, Miss. (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi says she wants to strengthen the nation’s border with Mexico.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith told WCBI-TV that she has visited with farmers living along the border, and they face threats from Mexican drug cartels.

Hyde-Smith was among 18 politicians speaking on the Fourth of July at an old courthouse in Jacinto in northeastern Mississippi.

Democrat Mike Espy and Republican Chris McDaniel, who are challenging Hyde-Smith in a November special election, also spoke at Jacinto, WTVA-TV reported.

Espy, a former U.S. agriculture secretary, said he will work across party lines, including with Republican President Donald Trump.

“I’m going to work with anybody,” Espy said. “I believe in reaching across the aisle, reaching across the chasm for the common good.”

McDaniel, a tea party-backed state senator, is making his second run for U.S. Senate. He nearly unseated longtime Sen. Thad Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary.

“I love to fight for Donald Trump,” McDaniel said at Jacinto. “He needs help in Washington. We’re here to help him.”

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to temporarily succeed Cochran, who retired in April. Hyde-Smith has campaigned as a Trump supporter.

She said it was unfortunate that families were being separated because of a “broken” immigration system.

“No one likes to separate families,” Hyde-Smith said. “I think we do need a better system than what we have and I think we will certainly get to that point, but definitely we have to have a border system that works, that’s legal that we know who’s coming in.”

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