Rep. Schrader to Make Second Trip to Southern Border
July 18, 2019
Contact: Larkin Parker, 202-225-5711
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-05) will join sixteen other members of Congress on a bipartisan trip to the Rio Grande Valley to observe the situation at the Southern Border on Friday, July 19th, 2019. Members will be briefed by detention center staff and officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“With the crisis at the southern border worsening, it is our duty as Members of Congress to visit detention facilities to find additional solutions that quickly addresses the root cause of the problems, said Rep. Schrader. “There is no doubt in my mind that Congress can come together to provide necessary reforms to improve the lives of those trapped in these horrible conditions and reinsert some humanity into our immigration system. This bipartisan group of members is uniquely equipped to face this challenge head on, and I am confident that our visit will result in real solutions that Republicans and Democrats can both support.”\
This is Congressman Schrader’s second bipartisan trip to the southern border. He visited McAllen, Texas last summer to observe conditions on the ground following President Trump’s Executive Action on the separation of families. He voted for and cosponsored H.R. 541, the Keep Families Together Act which prohibited Department of Homeland Security officials from separating children from their parents who were seeking asylum. Congressman Schrader voted in favor of legislation last month to relieve overcrowding of detention facilities and provide $4.5 billion that will aid migrants and refugees with medical and legal services, food, and sanitary items.