Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, s 46th Congressional District
STATEMENT, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373; Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ: THIS IS NOT A BORDER SECURITY ISSUE, THIS IS A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and former Chairwoman of the Border Security Subcommittee, today spoke at a press conference with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) discussing the recent increase in unaccompanied children along the southern border. Rep. Sanchez joined the CHC in calling for swift passage of the President’s request for emergency funds and emphasized that many of the current challenges at the border would have been addressed if last year’s Senate immigration bill had been passed in the House. Attached is a photo of the press conference and below are her remarks as prepared for delivery.
“I have served on the House Homeland Security Committee and the Border Security Subcommittee since its inception and I can tell you one thing: This is not a “border security” problem. This is a complex humanitarian crisis that is a result of dire situations in these children’s home countries: escalating gang violence, weak government institutions, a lack of social services and economic opportunity. Continue reading