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Rep. Chu Statement on House Passage of Senate’s Emergency Border Funding Bill

June 27, 2019
Press Release

The House of Representatives today voted to pass the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, as passed by the Senate. This bill will provide $4.59 billion in emergency funds to address the crisis at the border, including $2.88 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to provide shelter for unaccompanied children and $112 million for migrant medical care and other necessities. Missing from this bill, however, is language that was included in the House version that required higher standards of care for children and limited the amount of time they could be detained. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted against House passage of the Senate version and issued the following statement: 

“The current humanitarian crisis at our border was created by Donald Trump because he believes that fomenting xenophobia and using the full power of the American government to attack the world’s most vulnerable – refugees – is the key to his political power. I agree that we must act to help meet the needs at the border, but I simply cannot and will not tolerate the unnecessary and prolonged detention of immigrant children. That is why I could not support this bill. I will not vote to give more money to the child abuse happening at these detention facilities where children are not given the opportunity to grow or develop as they should. The House-passed version provided the billions of dollars needed, but also made common sense changes to protect children. It is appalling to me that Republicans would reject those changes out of hand, refusing to even begin a conference. We must ensure more protections are in place for the humane treatment of children and families being processed by U.S. federal agencies at the border.”