Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is heading to Texas today with five peers from both parties to inspect the Tornillo Detention Center.
Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) join Fitzpatrick today to meet with relevant officials regarding minors who are brought across the border illegally by their parents.
“I firmly opposed the inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at the border,” Fitzpatrick said. ““I am confident that our bipartisan delegation’s presence in Tornillo, Texas will reinforce our constituents’ values that family separation will not be tolerated.”
“I’m leading a bipartisan inspection of Tornillo Detention Center,” Fitzpatrick tweeted. “While I am hopeful that the President’s executive order will end the practice of separating families awaiting court proceedings, we must ensure that this order is properly carried out.”
First, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services will guide the representatives through the Tornillo UAC Facility so they can better understand the conditions minors face in detention centers.
Local officials with the U.S. Border Patrol and the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will also inform the delegation of how the CBP handles illegal immigration and other associated tasks.
The representatives will be free to ask the officials any questions pertaining to illegal immigration and people seeking asylum.