Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Statement on the Imminent Closing of Tornillo

January 11, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement in response to the imminent closing of the Tornillo tent city facility:

“Tornillo is the embodiment of a dark chapter in America’s history. While the people of El Paso are relieved by the news, we know that this does not reverse the emotional and psychological harm the Trump administration has inflicted on these children, and that this does not put an end to the hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies coming out of the White House.

“As Tornillo closes, I am committed to seeking answers and ensuring the Trump administration ends the detention of migrant children and families. The thousands of children who have spent months without the care and support of their loved ones deserve nothing less.”