June 25, 2019

Neguse Joins Legislation to Ensure Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in CBP Custody

Washington, D.C.— Today, Representative Neguse signed onto H.R. 3239, legislation to establish humanitarian standards of care for individuals in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. This legislation would require facilities to provide a basic health screening by a medical professional for every individual and require they maintain the personnel and equipment necessary to provide emergency care, basic medication, emergency transportation and interpreters. Additionally, the bill will create standards on nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, and shelter.

“I am absolutely outraged at the current conditions for migrant children at the border,” said Representative Neguse. “Each day we hear of further mistreatment and inhumane conditions, children being housed in unsanitary facilities, sleeping on cold concrete floors, without proper medical care, toothbrushes, soap, windows or proper nourishment. We cannot treat children like this. We demand basic decency from this Administration to provide care for these children and to reunite them with their parents immediately. The dangerous and cruel immigration policies from this Administration cannot stand.”