Delgado calls border situation “inhumane”; votes for $4.5B in funding to improve conditions

Antonio Delgado

Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck), who represents New York’s 19th Congressional District, was one of 230 congressman who voted in favor of a $4.5 billion border funding bill that aims to improve conditions of detained migrants. A similar bill is being considered in the Senate.

Here is Delgado’s statement:

“I am horrified by the reported conditions at Customs and Border Patrol facilities operating at our southern border. The Administration’s argument that holding our fellow human beings in overcrowded cells, forcing them to try and sleep on concrete floors without soap or toothbrushes and denying children their most basic needs amounts to ‘safe and sanitary’ facilities, as required by our own laws, is unconscionable. This treatment is inhumane and runs counter to our values as a nation.

“Today I voted with my colleagues to support the young children suffering at our border, and I will continue to call on the Administration to urgently improve conditions at these facilities. The Senate ought to take up this legislation as soon as possible – a lack of funding cannot be an excuse for these deplorable conditions. We must provide the resources necessary to allow migrants arriving at our border after fleeing unthinkable violence the ability to seek asylum while maintaining their dignity in the safe and sanitary conditions required by our laws. We have a responsibility to address comprehensive immigration reform and the root causes of this crisis, which have forced people to flee their home countries, in order to ensure our national security and uphold our nation’s founding values.”

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