Heinrich, Udall: Congress Needs Additional Oversight Of Treatment Of Migrant Children In Custody

WASHINGTON, D.C. After recent horrific reports of sexual assault and the inhumane treatment of migrant children in U.S. detention facilities, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have sent a letter to Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Gary Peters of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to request a hearing on standards for U.S. Border Patrol detention facilities.
“We believe there is an immediate need to hold a hearing calling Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Border Patrol leadership to provide a full accounting surrounding the treatment of migrant children in immigration custody and their plans to safeguard against such conditions happening in the future,” wrote the Senators. “We must also secure a commitment from DHS and CBP that Congress and its representatives are able to carry out its oversight responsibilities appropriately through on-site visits and interviews with detained migrants. We should do everything in our power to hold DHS and its component agencies accountable for adhering to American values and for executing a clear plan to right this horrific wrong.”
The full text of the letter is available here.