House Speaker Paul Ryan schedules McAllen visit

McALLEN — Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is scheduled to visit McAllen next week for a daylong tour of the border as the issue of immigration heats up in Washington, D.C., several sources said.

Ryan, who was also the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, is expected to be accompanied by several key Republican House leaders for a tour with the U.S. Border Patrol on Feb. 22, the sources said.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is scheduled to join Ryan on the tour, said the sources, who would not use their names because they were not authorized to divulge details of the visit.

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, who is chairman for the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, is also scheduled to join the delegation touring the region, sources said.

There is conflicting information regarding whether members of the Trump Administration will also be part of the delegation visiting the Rio Grande Valley.

Few details have been released about the agenda, other than the congressional representatives will be in McAllen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and that the tour will include an aerial tour, a visit to an area holding facility where immigrants are processed, and a tour of the Anzalduas Bridge area and the Rio Grande.