Rep. Heck Tours Southern Border Facilities
EL PASO, TX – Today Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) joined a congressional delegation to tour facilities on both sides of the southern U.S. border.
The delegation visited Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, where they saw a migrant shelter and heard from U.S. State Department staff about the processing of immigrant visas. The delegation then crossed back into the United States to conduct two oversight visits at Customs and Border Protection processing facilities in El Paso.
“Today we saw a humanitarian crisis that is being driven by the current administration’s policies,” said Heck. “And we saw an intake system ill equipped to deal with that crisis. As a result, thousands of people are suffering. Some are suffering because they are being detained by the U.S. government in inhumane conditions. Some are suffering because they have wrongly been sent back across the border after seeking asylum, returned to the very dangers they sought to escape.
“Immigration is not just a set of policies or a talking point issue. Immigration wove the history of this country, bringing together different people, different cultures, and different dreams into one American story.
“My wife’s mother came to America when she was seven years old, not speaking a word of English. Throughout the next one hundred years, her family embraced the American dream. Two of her children are CPAs, one is a successful businessman, and one – my wife – has been a wonderful teacher and principal. Immigration is the story of us, and our policies ought to reflect that.”
The delegation was led by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and included twenty other Congressmembers.