Ernst highlighted that Customs and Border Protection agents are incredibly compassionate but the influx of migrants has heightened the crisis and caused difficulty on border agents to effectively patrol the border.
Ernst also visited unaccompanied children and experienced the apprehension of a family first-hand, she told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Tuesday after the three-day trip over the weekend.
She said the border crisis is not something that is “manufactured,” but rather “very real.”
“This isn’t a manufactured crisis,” Ernst told the DCNF. “The crisis we have at our border is very real — it is a humanitarian crisis.”
The detention centers are “very safe,” Ernst said, although she expressed concern that they are at their maximum capacity.