Allred Votes for Emergency Supplemental to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

June 25, 2019
Press Release
Urges Congress to Work Together to Fix Broken Immigration System

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today voted for a robust emergency funding package to help address the humanitarian crisis at the border.  

“As a new dad, I cannot imagine the pain and heartbreak of having your child taken from you or learning that your child is being detained in unsafe or unsanitary conditions,” said Allred. “This legislation is crucial to addressing the dire situation at the border. It provides agencies with funds to mitigate the terrible, inhumane conditions created by this Administration’s failed policy of mass detention and child separation. We must work together on comprehensive reform that fixes this broken system.”   

This supplemental funding legislation: 

  • Provides $4.5 billion in emergency spending to address the humanitarian crisis at the border – securing robust funding for priorities including legal assistance, food, water, sanitary items, blankets and medical services, support services for unaccompanied children, and refugee services, which will relieve the horrific situation of overcrowding and help prevent additional deaths.

  • Protects families and does not fund the Administration’s failed policy – placing strict limits on influx shelters, protecting sponsors from Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement based on information collected by the Department of Health and Human Services during the vetting process and creating strong oversight by Congress including to protect unaccompanied children.

  • Helps address the root causes of the crisis – reversing the Administration’s senseless decision to block the humanitarian funding 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.

You can read a fact sheet about the funding bill here.