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Rep. Phillips Statement on Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement today on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border:

“Earlier this month, I visited McAllen, TX on a bipartisan mission to see conditions at our southern border with my own eyes. What I saw was a very real and urgent humanitarian crisis. I witnessed children and families kept in overcrowded fenced cages, sleeping on concrete floors and with limited access to restrooms. I witnessed mothers with infants in outdoor fenced pens gathered under water misters that provided little relief from 107 degree heat. I witnessed young people fighting the flu and chicken pox held in overcrowded cells that all but guaranteed the rapid spread of both diseases. As a parent, I’ve seen little in my life that has horrified me more than the conditions on our southern border. As an American, I am appalled by the lack of leadership and action. Instead of taking accountability and working to fix these shocking problems, the Administration is arguing in court that children don’t need toothbrushes or soap to live in sanitary conditions. It is wrong, it is un-American, and it cannot be tolerated any longer.

Nobody I spoke with at the border wants this to be the norm. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol treated the migrants they received with compassion. They simply do not have the resources, or oftentimes the training, to adequately handle the number of migrants entering the country. Our existing facilities were not designed to accommodate the number of people being processed. That’s why it is vital that the House pass this necessary emergency funding to provide relief. When people are suffering in inhumane conditions, we have a responsibility to act. Thus, I urge all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support today’s funding package in the House and begin the hard work of addressing our broken immigration system -- so such human tragedy never occurs again.”