Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls on a Congressional Delegation to visit our Southern Border to Investigate the Plight of Migrants Seeking Asylum

Nov 28, 2018
Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT HEADER

For Immediate Release                                                                  Contact: Robin Chand

November 27, 2018                                                                                                (202) 225–3816

Press Statement

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls on a Congressional Delegation to visit our Southern Border to Investigate the Plight of Migrants Seeking Asylum

 

Jackson Lee—“The situation also calls for a comprehensive process for dealing with an international human right—the right to seek asylum to escape persecution.  This includes courts, judges and lawyers equipped to handle the process as it is unfolding in the United States, and also those who can collaborate with Mexico to this end.  I also call on the central American countries from where these migrants are emanating, and the countries they traversed on the way to our border, to consider ways in which this crisis can be curtailed, and the plight of these human beings lightened.”

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, and the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations issued this statement following a confrontation between migrants seeking asylum and U.S. Border Patrol Agents, near the U.S.-Mexico border:   

“The news and the images from the southern border are heartbreaking.  What began as a manufactured crisis as a cynical attempt to scare voters ahead of the historic 2018 midterms election has now devolved into a heartbreaking scene at our southern border, replete with Americans firing tear gas onto Mexican land.  Fortunately, the American people saw this ploy for what it was: a brazen political act designed to sow fear towards immigrants, and doubts about America’s place as the last best hope of the world.  Three weeks ago, voters gave their resounding verdict on these types of scare tactics and delivered victories to those opposing the President’s activities and actions at the border.  Left in the wake are migrants striving to come to our land in search of a better life, many of whom are coming from Honduras and Guatemala and other central American countries torn asunder by horrific gang violence.

“These migrants, currently at our southern border, near Tijuana, Mexico, face an uncertain future as they wait while their applications for asylum are processed. There are currently between 5,000 and 7,000 migrants awaiting processing, and the Trump Administration is currently limiting the number of new asylum applications processed to between 40-100.  The scene near the border is disturbing and requires further investigation action.  This is why I am proposing a Congressional Delegation to Mexico to visit with the President Enrique Pena Nieto and the new incoming President-Elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, to discuss diplomatic responses to what is occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

“In actuality, the events transpiring at the border are a symptom of a larger ailment—a broken immigration system.  This series of event has created a situation that demands comprehensive immigration system which includes border security, and guidelines for the conduct of these border agents who, it should be reminded, work for the American people.  The situation also calls for a comprehensive process for dealing with an international human right—the right to seek asylum to escape persecution.  This includes courts, judges and lawyers equipped to handle the process as it is unfolding in the United States, and also those who can collaborate with Mexico to this end.  I also call on the central American countries from where these migrants are emanating, and the countries they traversed on the way to our border, to consider ways in which this crisis can be curtailed, and the plight of these human beings lightened.”

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Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat representing the 18th Congressional District of Texas, is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security and the Budget. She is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

 

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