U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, called the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border a "crisis" a couple of weeks after his Air Force National Guard unit was deployed there.
In a post on his campaign Facebook page, he said he's been flying missions on the border, and what he's seen has led him to agree about the severity of the situation there.
"I'll keep it simple — the situation on our border is a crisis," Kinzinger wrote. "I've never seen it this bad."
Kinzinger further described the situation there saying there were cartels attempting to bring drugs into the U.S., human traffickers attempting to smuggle innocent people and sometimes abandoning them in the desert. He said they saved a woman who had been left to die. He added there were also "countless other breaches at the weakest points on our border."
"For anyone hell bent on believing otherwise, despite the prevailing evidence, I wish you could see what my squadron and I did," Kinzinger wrote. "It's a nightmare down there."
Kinzinger called on everyone to "rise above politics and do what's best for our country."
"Look, I get that some people can't handle agreeing with the president," he wrote. "If he says 'there's a crisis,' they say it's 'manufactured.' But I can tell you from firsthand experience, and as someone who has had some disagreements with our president: The crisis is real."