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Quigley Visits U.S.-Mexico Border for Firsthand Look at Humanitarian Crisis

Oct 12, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO – This week, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, who serves as a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, traveled to southeast Texas to learn more about the influx of migrant families and children crossing the border:

“Visiting the U.S.-Mexico border was a harrowing, eye-opening experience that provided me with troublesome but important insight into the consequences of this Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy,” said Rep. Quigley. “The heartbreaking conditions I witnessed exposed the true depths of this humanitarian crisis, which is only exacerbated by our lack of common-sense, comprehensive immigration policy that extends compassion to those seeking safety, security, and opportunity in our country. I want to thank the Casa Padre staff and the CBP agents who made my visit possible, and I strongly urge President Trump to visit these sites himself to see repercussions of his actions firsthand.”

Rep. Quigley visited the Casa Padre shelter in Brownsville, TX. The shelter is operated by not-for-profit Southwest Key and houses over 1,400 migrant boys, roughly ages 10-17 in a former Walmart shopping center. He also visited the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen, TX, the largest immigration processing center run by Customs and Border Protection. At the Border Processing Center, Rep. Quigley witnessed over 1,000 unaccompanied family units and children held in cage pods. While migrants are only held for up to 72 hours at the processing center, the conditions were painful to witness – from foil blankets and thin mattresses to portable toilets and incredibly cold temperatures.

From working to expand access to Immigration Help Desks to the protection of sanctuary cities and improvement of our nation’s immigration detention centers, Rep. Quigley been advocating for fair, common-sense immigration policy since coming to Congress in 2009. In July, he cosponsored legislation condemning Attorney General Sessions’ decision to declare gang violence and domestic violence as invalid reasons to seek asylum. In June, Rep. Quigley offered an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill to combat ICE’s inhumane and ineffective detention policy by moving funding to the Urban Area Security Initiative and has proudly cosponsored the Keep Families Together Act to address the Trump Administration’s cruel policy of detaining children at the border.