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Neal Statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General Report

July 3, 2019
Press Release

Springfield, MA - Congressman Richard E. Neal, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, released the following statement today after the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security released a report describing the “dangerous overcrowding” at Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) detention facilities in southwest Texas.

“The scenes we are witnessing each day from our border are disturbing, inhumane and contrary to our basic American values. I agree with the Inspector General’s conclusion that the humanitarian crisis on our southwest border requires ‘immediate action and attention.’ Having visited the border, I have consistently believed that families belong together and vulnerable children should not have to endure squalid conditions. Last week, I voted for legislation that will provide funding to help relieve the dangerous conditions at the border and enact protections for children and families being held in detention centers. But the Inspector General’s report reminds us that more work needs to be done by the federal government to ensure that basic humanitarian standards are met at these CBP detention facilities,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.

 

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