Rep. Watkins talks election security, Mueller and immigration at town hall

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Steve Watkins speaks at an election night rally in Topeka on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

OSKALOOSA — Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins says he is “very concerned” about integrity of elections but wasn’t impressed with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watkins, in his first term representing much of eastern Kansas, met with voters in Oskaloosa Tuesday and said fewer than 1 percent of constituents who contacted his House office mentioned the Mueller report.

“There doesn’t appear to be much there,” he said.

Watkins said building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico would slow the influx of immigrants entering the country illegally and drug trafficking. He recently visited the border to observe enforcement activities and said he didn’t see inhumane treatment of detainees.

Democratic lawmakers who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border described jam-packed, fetid holding areas.


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