Congressional Hispanic Caucus condemns migrants' suffering at the border: 'We see our children and grandchildren'

Congressional Hispanic Caucus condemns migrants' suffering at the border: 'We see our children and grandchildren'
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) slammed an immigration bill passed by both chambers of Congress on Thursday, saying the $4.6 billion package intended to address humanitarian concerns at the border was insufficient. 

“This bill — opposed by the Hispanic Caucus and nearly 100 Democratic members of the House — will not stop the Trump Administration’s chaos and cruelty. It will not stop the abuse and detention of children. It will not stop the rampant human rights abuses in government custody. It will not stop the Trump Administration from tearing families apart and turning away asylum-seekers. As a result, migrants will continue to die,” the CHC said in a statement

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“When the Congressional Hispanic Caucus members see suffering at the border, we see our children and our grandchildren. What happened today is unacceptable, and we will not forget this betrayal. Moving forward, we will continue fighting for immigrants to be treated with dignity and respect, work to end Trump’s deportation agenda, and fix our broken immigration system.”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats step up pressure on Biden on student loan forgiveness Climate activists target Manchin Democrats face growing storm over IRS reporting provision MORE (D-Calif.) and her lieutenants had hoped to vote on an amended version of the Senate bill, which would have included language demanded by liberals to implement safety and care standards for law enforcers working with migrants. However, moderate Democrats joined together to pressure Pelosi to put forward a clean vote on the Senate version, which passed by a 305-102 margin.

The passage sparked outrage from House progressives, who said the bill was not strong enough in protecting migrant children held in detention facilities. 

“Since when did the Problem Solvers Caucus become the Child Abuse Caucus? Wouldn't they want to at least fight against contractors who run deplorable facilities? Kids are the only ones who could lose today,” Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanProgressives say go big and make life hard for GOP Left doubles down on aggressive strategy Attacks on Sinema turn increasingly personal MORE (D-Wis.), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, tweeted, referring to a caucus of moderate Democrats and Republicans.