WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today voted for emergency funding to improve conditions for children and families seeking asylum at the southern border and curb President Trump’s policies that have furthered the migrant crisis at the border.
Earlier today, Brown also joined colleagues in calling for the federal government to investigate federal contractors in charge of facilities where children are being kept at the U.S. southern border. The letters to the Government Accountability Office and the Suspension and Debarment official and Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were sent after disturbing reports of hungry, sick, and dirty children being held in federal contractor facilities near the border.
While working to improve immediate conditions for children at the border, Brown is also pushing to end President Trump’s policy of separating families. Brown is supporting legislation that would guarantee that children can remain with their parents and make sure all families are reunited.
“We cannot accept children being deprived of basic necessities and living in squalor. Emergency support is needed urgently to improve conditions for children and families seeking refuge at our southern border,” said Brown. “But children should not be separated from their loved ones and housed in detention facilities to begin with, and President Trump must end this inhumane family separation immediately.”