U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.
It's the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests have been announced to meet his arrival in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday.
Ryan is leading a small group of lawmakers on the trip.
In McAllen, Ryan will come face to face with some of the challenges that arise in building a wall along the entire 2,000-mile border.
The border includes much remote and inhospitable terrain as well as the Rio Grande.