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Reps. Rice and Rose to Visit Southern Border as Part of Bipartisan Homeland Security Committee Delegation

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Washington, July 17, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – Reps. Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Max Rose (NY-11) will visit the Rio Grande Valley this Friday as part of a bipartisan Homeland Security Committee delegation to examine the migrant conditions at the southern border. The group will visit CBP facilities around McAllen, Texas, including a Border Patrol station, processing center, holding facility, and a port of entry. The delegation will also visit a Department of Health and Human Services shelter and meet with local immigration stake holders and advocates working on the ground.

“Over the past several months we’ve seen horrific reports of the inhumane treatment and conditions that migrants have endured at the border,” said Representative Rice, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations. “Meanwhile, the administration has continued to push anti-immigrant policies that have hurt migrants, endangered asylum seekers and exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. This is unacceptable. I am leading this trip in the hopes that we can work together on solutions that are humane, effective, and uphold our American values.”

“The reports we’ve seen at the border—not just over the past few weeks but since the beginning of this administration—are gut-wrenching and deeply troubling,” said Representative Rose, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “But reports are not the same as seeing, hearing, and feeling the situation firsthand which is why I’m grateful for the Homeland Security Committee for organizing this bipartisan visit.”

Rice and Rose will be joined by U.S. Representatives Clay Higgins (R-La.), Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.), Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.), Mark Walker (R-N.C.), and Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.).

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