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US Lawmakers Inspect Crowded Border Migrant Centers

A day after testifying before members of U.S. Congress on border facility conditions, the head of the Department of Homeland Security is heading back to the U.S.-Mexico border for the fourth time in recent weeks, this time joined by a group of senators.The lawmakers, which included 12 Democrats and one Independent, said they visited McAllen, Texas — one of the busiest sites for Border Patrol agents detaining people who enter the country without authorization — as part of their oversight duties. Arriving early Friday, the lawmakers were scheduled to join Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to "investigate, inspect, and evaluate conditions at facilities on the southern border," according to a statement from the office of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.I’m on my way to McAllen, Texas with @SenSchumer and other @SenateDems colleagues to see the conditions of migrants at the border. Stay tuned for updates.#DemsAtTheBorderpic.twitter.com/v8Vcgedtlo— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) July 19, 2019The delegation plans to hold a news conference at 3:45 p.m. (EST) after visiting the Donna Soft-Sided Processing Facility, a local nongovernmental organization, the McAllen Border Patrol Station, and the Ursula Central Processing Center, according to DHS.Since the start of the fiscal year in October 2018 through June 2019, Border Patrol agents apprehended 688,375 people who entered the country without authorization, including 390,308 people traveling as families, and 63,624 unaccompanied children. The numbers are the highest in a decade and include a larger proportion of families and unaccompanied minors who require more specialized care.An aerial view of temporary soft-sided facilities under construction in Donna, Texas, April, 2019. (Photo courtesy of USCBP)The Congressional delegation is the latest to visit government-run "processing" centers, where recently detained migrants who entered the country without authorization are initially held by U.S. Border Patrol.The treatment of people in such facilities has long been criticized, especially by... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Lawmakers Inspect Crowded Border Migrant Centers, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you US Lawmakers Inspect Crowded Border Migrant Centers

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 19 July

 

 

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