July 15, 2019

Neguse Statement on Immigration Subcommittee Hearings

Washington D.C.—  This week, the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held multiple hearings on overcrowding and prolonged detention in Custom and Border Protection facilities at the border and immigration application backlogs at the USCIS. These were the first in a series of planned hearings on immigration policies and to examine current conditions for children and adults in detention facilities at the border and across the country. Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement on the hearing:

“This week’s hearing and others that will follow are a critical step by the Judiciary Committee to shine a light on the inhumane and untenable conditions for detained immigrants at our nation’s southern border. The Department of Homeland Security’s own Inspector General has written reports detailing the horrible consequences of overcrowding and prolonged detention at our border, but the Administration refuses to make any changes. We are witnessing blatant violations of basic human rights and dignity and they are happening under our watch. Congress must, and we will continue to provide, needed oversight of this Administration’s cruel and dangerous immigration policies and demand that this Administration treat individuals seeking refuge in our nation with basic human decency."

“While conditions at our border and at detention facilities in Aurora and elsewhere give sufficient cause for outrage, it is unacceptable to resort to violent protests. The incident over this past weekend at the ICE facility in Aurora, where protestors removed and vandalized the American flag is deeply disheartening and does not reflect our values.”