WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives approved an emergency supplemental to provide $4.5 billion to address the humanitarian situation at the border. The legislation provides significant funding for legal assistance, medical services, food and water, support services for unaccompanied children, alternatives to detention, and refugee services. After voting in support of the legislation, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
“Over the past couple of months, Trump’s cruel policies have manufactured a crisis at the border and desperate asylum-seeking children and parents are paying the price. His administration continues to separate children from their families and argues that they are not even entitled to a toothbrush or shower. I’m convinced this humanitarian situation would only worsen if Congress did not step in and act, and Trump’s cruel reelection strategy would continue.
“Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant appointees cannot be trusted to faithfully abide by the law—especially on questions concerning the border, immigration, and asylum-seeking families. He is not concerned with how many children live in squalor as long as it serves his twisted political agenda.
“Border communities and organizations have endured this crisis admirably and have shown these children and families the only compassion and human empathy they have experienced in this country. While this legislation is not perfect, I’m hopeful that this funding will direct resources to the border so that asylum-seeking children and families are treated with the humanity and dignity they deserve. I will continue to hold this administration accountable and keep families together.”
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