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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence to Visit this Country’s Southern Border

July 1, 2019
Press Release

Miami, FL – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) is part of a congressional delegation heading to the U.S. southern border on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The Members, led by her colleague, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, will stop to inspect the Homestead migrant detention facility in Miami.


I am simply appalled at the photos that are coming out of these detention centers that are holding migrant children. The images of overcrowding, unhygienic and unsafe conditions these kids are forced to endure are simply deplorable. I must personally view this facility to ensure these children are being well cared for, not placed in cages, and that they are receiving any needed medical treatment,” said Representative Lawrence.


The congressional delegation will investigate the conditions of the migrant children housed at the Homestead facility. A center that is designed to hold teen migrants between the ages of 13 and 18 for approximately 20 days until they are sent to a licensed shelter with comfortable living conditions and a full education program.


However, elected officials who have previously visited Homestead, have been unable to receive any clarity about the facility, including the length of stay for many of the children residing there.


“The Trump Administration’s insistence on blocking members of congress from obtaining information and entering these migrant camps must end,” stated Congresswoman Lawrence. It concerns me that the House version of the Border Supplemental Legislation was not brought to a vote in the Senate. That bill had the provisions that would allow this co-equal branch of government to conduct much-needed cohesive oversight,” said Congresswoman Lawrence.