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Rep. Napolitano’s Statement on Unaccompanied Minors Situation

July 11, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) released the following statement after joining her Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) colleagues at a press conference on the unaccompanied minors situation:

“Republicans and Democrats in Congress have voted three times since 2002 to include protection for refugees of violence. America is still in financial crisis, yet we have always been the beacon of hope for the oppressed around the world. Children must be protected not only by us but by their own governments, and we must go after the criminals who are threatening, killing, maiming, and trafficking them. It is critical that we follow the rule of law and our own immigration laws with compassion for these children who have been forced to flee their home countries.”

Over the past several weeks, the CHC has met with President Obama and members of his administration, as well as representatives from the embassies of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. Today’s press conference was in response to the President’s emergency $3.7 billion supplemental appropriation request to address the increase in child and adult migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley areas of the southwest border.

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