On Father’s Day, Merkley to Lead Group of Senate and House Members on Return Trip to Investigate Trump-Sessions Cruel Family Separation Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will lead a group of Senate and House members on Father’s Day—Sunday, June 17 at the U.S.- Mexico border near McAllen and Brownsville, Texas. The group will further investigate President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ cruel new policy of separating children from their families when those families cross the border to seek asylum in the United States.
Joining Merkley on the trip will be Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressmen Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), Peter Welch (D-VT-AL), David Cicilline (D-RI-01), Mark Pocan (D-WI-02), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18).
The trip follows Merkley’s initial visit to investigate the family separation policy on June 3rd. On that trip, he was able to tour a Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, but was barred from entering a children’s detention facility in Brownsville. On this trip, the members will be able to tour the Brownsville facility, as well as several other sites in the area that relate to the family separation policy. Those sites include one of the bridges where the administration is reportedly slow-walking entry for asylum seekers who are trying to legally enter the U.S.