Bucks Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and U.S. Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) visited the Tornillo Detention Center in Texas last weekend and later called for an overhaul of the immigration system that secures the borders.
The delegation released a statement that bipartisan action was necessary to ensure respect for the law of the land and also protect the dignity of children “brought here through no fault of their own.”
The Members of Congress called for strong bipartisan support on border and immigration issues, including the separation of children from their families. Also, providing more resources for the U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement personnel is urgent.
The following is an excerpt from the joint statement:
“The American people demand and deserve representatives from both political parties who can work together to get things done. . . .
“We firmly oppose the most recent policy of separating our children from their families—this policy runs counter to our American ideals. . . .
“We must act to ensure separated families are reunited. We must ensure U.S. Border Patrol and other hardworking law enforcement officials have the resources and authority necessary to solve this complicated problem.
The congressional delegation inspected the Tornillo UAC Facility with officials from the Department of Health and Human Services. They were briefed by local leadership from both the U.S. Border Patrol and the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations at ports of entry.