Covering Louisiana

Aug 4, 2014 10:08 PM by Associated Press

Jindal goes to Mexico border for firsthand look

Gov. Bobby Jindal says he saw three groups of people try to illegally cross into Texas from Mexico when he traveled to the border to get a closer look at the nation's immigration crisis.

On Monday, the Republican governor received a helicopter view of the area, took a boat tour up the Rio Grande River and spoke with public safety officials about the influx of people illegally entering the United States.

Jindal, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, blamed President Barack Obama for creating a climate that encouraged larger numbers of people to try to come to the country illegally.

Also on the trip were Louisiana's state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley. The security briefing and tours were handled by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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