“For the last five years, we’ve known that Central American families have been leaving their countries because of poverty, starvation, violence, and persecution. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has repeatedly failed to lead with any meaningful solutions and has used cruelty as a tool to address this humanitarian crisis. The approach announced today is no different.
March 24, 2019 Press Release
“Today, I join the American people and my colleagues in the House of Representatives to demand the release of the full Special Counsel report and underlying evidence of the investigation.
Following the March town hall meeting, Congresswoman Escobar will host her first veterans town hall meeting to update El Paso veterans on the work she has been doing to improve the services and care they receive, and discuss other issues facing our nation’s veterans.
The delegation visited Jordan and Iraq, where they received operational and intelligence updates from the different military commands within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, executed key engagements with host nations and Department of State leadership, and received important briefings on the operational and strategic impacts of U.S. policy and the National Defense Strategy in the Middle East region. Congresswoman Escobar released this statement following the trip:
“Today, the Trump administration decided to once again ignore our immigration laws and expand a dangerous policy in order to deter asylum seekers fleeing violence, persecution and poverty from seeking refuge in our country.
“Today, President Trump decided to grossly defy our system of checks and balances and ignore the first branch of government’s vote to defend our Constitution and end his fake emergency.
On February 21, 2019, CBP announced the installation of barbed wire barriers in response to the increasing numbers of Central American asylum-seekers. The lawmakers state in the letter that although Central American asylum-seeking families and children represent a humanitarian challenge, there is no national emergency to justify the deployment of these barriers.
March 8, 2019 Press Release
“En el Día Internacional de la Mujer, honramos las extraordinarias contribuciones de las mujeres y reconocemos que nuestra labor para lograr la igualdad aún no termina. Ya sea marchando para obtener el derecho al voto o derechos reproductivos, alzando sus voces en apoyo de la igualdad salarial o en contra de las políticas de inmigración inhumanas que separan a los niños de los brazos de sus madres, las mujeres de nuestras comunidades están liderando la lucha hacia el progreso.
March 8, 2019 Press Release
“On International Women’s Day, we honor the extraordinary contributions that women have made and recognize that our work to achieve equality is far from complete. Whether marching for the right to vote and reproductive rights, raising their voices in support of equal pay, or speaking out against inhumane immigration policies that separate children from their mother’s arms, women in our communities are leading the fight towards progress.
Since 2014, the El Paso sector has seen an increase in the number of Central American families fleeing violence and persecution. To address the lack of adequate temporary processing facilities, the U.S. Congress appropriated $192 million for a new CPC where CBP can process migrant families within 72 hours in humane conditions.