Rep. Schneider Gets First-Hand Look At Immigration Crisis At U.S.-Mexico Border

Rachel Pierson
August 02, 2019 - 11:40 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Congressman Brad Schneider is in El Paso, Texas to get a first-hand look at the migration crisis at the southern border.

Before the trip, Rep. Schneider released a statement reading: “The Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies and utter incompetence are worsening the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Congress has an important oversight role to play ensuring that people seeking asylum are treated humanely and that conditions in border facilities reflect the values of our nation. I am travelling to the border in order to investigate the situation firsthand and to hear from both people seeking asylum and those working on the front lines."

WBBM Newsradio's Rachel Pierson spoke to him, while he was in Texas. He said the Trump Administration has failed to provide humanitarian aid to those seeking refuge. 

"What I saw was people suffering severe crises in their home countries," he said.

Rep. Schneider said harsh immigration policies and a lack of humanitarian aid are only making things worse.

"This administration is taking a terrible situation, a real crisis, and making it all the much worse with its cruel policies," he said.

That's why he said it is up to lawmakers to hold the current administration accountable, "but also work to make sure we are fixing our broken immigration system and providing the resources to ensure border security.

Despite a judiciary end to the family separation policy, new reports show the Trump administration continues to separate more than 900 children from their families.

"The administration has shown an absolute disregard for the constitution and the rule of law. We've seen this before and it's of grave concern."

Lawmakers passed a supplemental funding bill in June, but Rep. Schneider said it's not enough.

"It's more than dollars and cents, the resources are absolutely necessary and we need to make sure that the people working at the border have the resources they need, but the policies behind that are much more important."

Rep. Schneider said change has to come from lawmakers and the best way to make that happen is through first-person accounts.

"I think these visits to the border are a piece of it - for members of Congress to see the situation, to understand it in full depth and breath of it are important," he said.

The House and Senate are scheduled to be back in session Sept. 9.