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Eshoo Travels to Texas Detention Centers: “The Conditions are Inhumane”

July 17th, 2019

Congresswoman Eshoo Tours Texas Border and Speaks with Border Officials, Families, and Volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) travelled to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas this past weekend to tour the McAllen Border Patrol Processing Center and the Brownsville Port of Entry on Saturday, July 13th. Eshoo assessed firsthand the deterioration of care in Texas since her first visit in June 2018. The Congresswoman met with families, questioned border officials, and heard from humanitarian volunteers. Rep. Eshoo released the following statement after the trip:

“The conditions I witnessed at the border were inhumane. Forty or more detainees are being kept in cells built to house a maximum of eight people for days or even weeks, and children are without access to proper hygiene. Since my first visit to the southern border last year, the crisis has worsened and it’s clear the Administration’s policies have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. The decision to suspend foreign aid to countries in the Northern Triangle has been catastrophic. The individuals fleeing to our border are coming from the most violent and dangerous countries in the world.

“We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need to go to the root cause of why so many are fleeing and seeking asylum. And we need agency standards met when they detain individuals.”

To view pictures from Rep. Eshoo’s trip, click HERE.

Rep. Eshoo was part of a Congressional Delegation of 20 Members of Congress. She returned to the site of last summer’s investigation into the conditions and treatment of migrants at several Department of Homeland Security facilities. The latest Congressional Delegation to the border followed the release of a report on July 2nd (link to report) by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security. The report revealed widespread sub-standard and squalid conditions at border facilities.

Members were briefed by detention center staff and they spoke to officials, parents, respite care workers, and children. They also met families at two nonprofit Respite Centers and crossed the U.S.-Mexico border at Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville to provide food and other items to migrant families waiting to apply for asylum in the United States.

 

The itinerary of the trip is below.

Time               Event

8:15 am            Arrive at McAllen Border Patrol Station and Centralized Processing Center

3000 W Military Highway, McAllen, TX 78503

10:30 am         Arrive at Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center, 111 S 15th St.

McAllen, TX 78501

12:00 pm         Press conference outside of Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center

2:00 pm           Arrive at Brownsville Port of Entry and Gateway International Bridge

1500 W University Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520

3:45 pm           Arrive at Good Neighbor Settlement House

1254 E. Tyler Street, Brownsville, TX

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