Sessions Cosponsors Legislation to Address Family Separation at the Border
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a bill to address family separation at the border and his support of a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health and Human Services led by Chairman Steve Stivers requesting more data and information regarding this critical issue:
"There is no question that the thought of children being separated from their families is heart wrenching. While we must make every effort to close the loopholes that criminal illegal aliens are taking advantage of, we also need to address this situation with compassion and thoughtfulness. This piece of legislation does exactly that. It codifies a policy that weeds out the thugs who are exploiting the system and ensures legitimate families stay together.
"While a legislative solution is important, I believe that we also need to get answers to better understand the process and the protocol, and better protect these children from criminals who have subjected them to human trafficking and other horrific practices. I firmly believe that we need to uphold our rule of law and put an end to illegal immigration and I look forward to voting on reforms to address these issues later this week."
To learn more about H.R. 6134, the Equal Protection of Unaccompanied Minors Act, click here.
To read the full letter to DOJ, DHS, and HHS click here.