Heinrich Calls For Action: Central American Refugee Crisis, Broken Immigration System

Sen. Martin Heinrich


Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., delivered remarks on the Senate Floor Wednesday calling for action on the current Central American Refugee Crisis and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that passed more than a year ago.

In his speech, Heinrich emphasized the need to pass the Senate’s Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill, a proposal introduced by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., that includes $2.73 billion to help stem the current Central American refugee crisis.

Heinrich also called for action on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill that included provisions that would help address the Central American refugee crisis by strengthening the border, protecting children who have been victims of human trafficking, and cracking down on smugglers and transnational criminal organizations.

During his time on the Senate Floor, Heinrich engaged in a conversation with Sen. Bill Nelson, R-Fla., on curbing drug trafficking, which is fueling violence and corruption in Central America.

VIDEO: Watch Senator Heinrich’s floor speech here
VIDEO: Watch Senator Heinrich’s exchange with Senator Nelson here