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U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga and Tim Walberg said Friday the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement denied them access to a West Michigan site providing services to Central American children separated from parents seeking asylum after entering the country illegally at the southern border. Huizenga and Walberg instead met with officials at Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, an agency contracting with the federal government to provide foster care for children separated under a controversial “zero-tolerance” policy adopted but later reversed by President Donald Trump’s administration.
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz will join more than 25 members of Congress this weekend on another visit to the Rio Grande Valley as President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy continues to separate immigrant families who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully. Schedules are still being finalized but Cornyn and Cruz will likely tour immigrant detention facilities in Cameron County on Friday. Cornyn is then hosting a roundtable at the U.S. Border Patrol station in Weslaco, according to McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.
When U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, visited two detention centers and a processing center at the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday, the first thing that struck her was the quiet. There were 300 children in one facility she visited, she said, and it was quiet enough for her to have a normal conversation.
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence said Wednesday she was shocked by what she saw last weekend at immigration facilities in Texas, including mothers wailing uncontrollably for their children. "The experience I had there has changed me," she said. Lawrence, a Democrat from Southfield, joined U.S. Rep.
Rep. Lawrence Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Trump Muslim Ban
June 26, 2018 | Press Release
Washington, D.C.-Today, Rep. Lawrence released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Trump v. Hawaii, upholding President Trump’s Muslim ban:
Two women are demanding investigations into their allegations of sexual abuse at an immigration detention center be reopened and that the facility be audited for compliance with federal law. The women, whose cases are being handled by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said they were sexually abused beginning more than a year ago by staff members at the women's only T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, a rural community northeast of Austin.Rep. Brenda Lawrence speaks outside the U.S.
It was a stunning display. I’m not talking about the jacket. I’m talking about Melania Trump traveling all the way to Texas to ask questions she should have asked over the breakfast table – if she and her husband ever have breakfast. I’m talking about how removed our elitist First Family is from the America where the rest of us live. And I’m talking about how deftly they’re still stealing our attention away from what’s important.
After touring a border processing facility on Saturday, Democratic lawmakers said they weren’t convinced the Trump administration had any real plan to reunite immigrant children separated from their parents by U.S. border authorities. The delegation of 25 members of Congress, which included U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, visited a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in the U.S.-Mexico border city of McAllen, Texas. They described seeing children sleeping behind bars, on concrete floors and under emergency “mylar” heat-resistant blankets.
As members of Congress visited immigration detention and processing centers Saturday in a Texas city near the Mexican border, tensions flared as protesters gathered and tried to stop a bus ferrying immigrant children. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, joined about 25 other House representatives in visits to a Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas, that is the largest facility taking in immigrant children separated from their families.