Updated: 07/27/2014 1:10 PM
Created: 07/27/2014 12:09 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson
Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann is spending the weekend along the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at an immigration crisis involving Central American youth.
The members of Congress stopped in the Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo areas to visit with border patrol personnel and local officials.
KSTP interviewed Rep. Bachmann over the phone Saturday, after she visited where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico.
"We watched how easy it would be to walk through very shallow water," she said. "Walk across the water and then come over into the United States."
Bachmann has been critical of President Barack Obama's handling of immigration and border security issues, blaming the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act for the surge in minors crossing into the U.S.
"I firmly believe that we also need to build a fence at our southern border. There is no excuse for not having a wall and a fence on either side," she said.
Thousands of minors, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, have flooded across the U.S. border in recent months.
Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to fortify the border, speed up judicial proceedings and take other steps to deal with the crisis.
Bachmann and Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King are scheduled to return from the trip on Monday.