WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Senate approved a bipartisan, emergency supplemental appropriations package. Earlier in the day, he spoke from the Senate floor on the dangerous and inhumane conditions migrant children are enduring in federal custody on our southern border. Audio of his speech can be found here.
“The Senate took an important step today by approving emergency funding to provide immediate relief and better protect vulnerable migrants at our southwestern border, including children and families fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. Americans are rightly outraged that the Trump Administration is ill-prepared to handle this humanitarian crisis of its own making, which is leading to needless deaths and serious health and child welfare complications at our border. The House and Senate should work quickly to reconcile their differences so that this legislation can go to the White House as soon as possible. In the longer-term the Trump Administration should sit down with Congress and finally begin to work in good faith on comprehensive immigration reform, which includes improving our asylum system and addressing the root causes of the migration crisis.”