Congressman André Carson Votes to Pass Critical Border Security Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Rep. André Carson voted to pass H.R. 3401, a $4.5 billion emergency border supplemental appropriations bill to address the urgent humanitarian situation at the U.S. southern border. The bill provides significant funding for priorities to meet the needs of vulnerable children, including food, water, medical services, legal assistance, support services for unaccompanied children, alternatives to detention, and refugee services. The bill also contains important oversight provisions to hold the Administration accountable and to demand that the Administration protect the rights of immigrants.
“Like most Americans, I am heartbroken by the situation at our southern border, a grave humanitarian crisis that is being exacerbated by this Administration’s cruel and reckless policies and its inhumane treatment of migrants,” Rep. Carson said. “Hoosiers abide by the timeless virtue of kindness towards our fellow human beings. What is happening at the hands of federal agencies, which includes the suffering of innocent children in our nation’s care, is a shame, and far from Hoosier and American values. Such abusive practices must stop.
“Lives are at stake, and so is the moral conscience of America. I am proud to vote for the House’s life-saving legislation that helps put an end to the needless cruelty at our southern border and affirms the dignity of every human. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass the bill before more people are irreparably harmed. But this is only a start. Congress must pass comprehensive, common-sense and compassionate immigration reform that prevents this crisis from ever happening again. We can’t wait another moment.”
This strong border legislation:
- Provides $4.5 billion in emergency spending to address the humanitarian situation at the border – strengthening health standards for children and families in CBP (Customs and Border Protection) custody and securing robust funding for priorities including legal assistance, food, water, sanitary items, blankets and medical services, support services for unaccompanied children and refugees, which will relieve the horrific situation of over-crowding and help prevent additional deaths.
- Protects families and does not fund the Administration’s failed mass detention policy – funding effective, humane alternatives to detention with a proven track record of success, placing strict limits on influx shelters, protecting sponsors from DHS immigration enforcement based on information collected by HHS during the vetting process and requiring DHS to submit its plans to Congress to ensure strong congressional oversight, including to protect unaccompanied children.
- Helps address the roots causes of the crisis – reversing the Administration’s senseless decision to block the U.S. assistance that Congress has already appropriated for the Northern Triangle countries, and ensuring funding is used responsibly to improve border security, stop human smuggling and drug trafficking, combat corruption and reduce poverty and promote growth in Central America.
In addition, important provisions were added in a manager’s amendment, including provisions requiring Customs and Border Protection to establish plans, standards, and protocols to better ensure the health and safety of children and adults in custody, including standards for medical care and medical emergencies, nutrition, hygiene, facilities, and personnel training.