Langevin Statement on House Passage of Emergency Funding to Provide Humanitarian Assistance at the Border

Jun 26, 2019 Issues: Children and Families, Immigration

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019, which passed the House last night by a vote of 230-195:

“There is a crisis at the southern border today, and it is a crisis of the President’s own making. The President’s heartless policies have torn children from their mothers’ arms and left them locked up for weeks in squalid conditions, deprived of basic human decency.

“My Democratic colleagues and I recognize this situation is untenable. Our emergency funding measure will ensure that vulnerable migrants have access to basic necessities like toothbrushes and soap. The bill restores funding to Central American countries and will help address the recent wave of migration at its source. The legislation also has strict controls that will prevent the President from ignoring the will of Congress by building an unnecessary and ineffective border wall or increasing the number of ICE detention beds.

“Border security is an issue that I take incredibly seriously, and I support sensible investments in technology and other measures to protect our borders. What I cannot support is the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers, many of them children, looking to escape desperate situations in their home countries. I hope our vote will be the first step in restoring some semblance of sanity to our immigration policies.”