June 25, 2019

Luján Statement on Funding Package to Ease Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján issued the following statement on the funding package that passed the House Tuesday evening:

“There is a humanitarian crisis at the border. We’ve heard appalling stories of children caring for babies, sick kids going without medical care, refugees lacking soap, toothpaste, and basic legal services. The conditions these people are being held in are abhorrent and lay bare the lack of moral authority within the Trump administration.

“I supported the border funding package to help right the incredible wrongs children and migrants are facing in American border facilities. These resources will alleviate suffering and ensure that migrants receive a standard of care. Also included are strict protections to make sure this money is spent on humanitarian purposes. The stringent safeguards will stop the Trump administration from using these resources to build a wall or increase the number of ICE beds.

“Critically, this package allocates millions in new funding for faith-based groups, local governments, and charity organizations in New Mexico and other border states who took on the responsibility of caring for refugees when the Trump administration abdicated their moral responsibility. This was a provision I worked diligently to champion and see passed. Securing funding to reimburse these organizations for the money they’ve spent providing humanitarian care was a top priority for me as a leader in the House Democratic Caucus.”

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