Investigating this administration’s treatment of migrant children
The Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant families in this country, and those it has detained at the border, is despicable – and does not represent who we are as a nation.
Many of the unaccompanied children who are fleeing to this country are doing so out of desperation. They’ve been forced to leave their homes because of threats of violence, rape and even murder. They are children looking for help, and many of them have nowhere else to turn.
This week, I launched an investigation into the allegations made by dozens of young migrant children who claim to have been abused by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers while in their custody.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is an agency that my House Oversight committee directly oversees, is required to document any allegations of abuse made by these migrant children when they are transferred into their care.
I have called on the secretary of HHS to provide our committee a complete list of all alleged incidents of abuse by CBP officers that have been reported to his agency, along with a detailed explanation of the steps HHS has taken to address the allegations.
We’re not going to turn our back on these children, and we are going to hold this administration fully accountable for how they are treated while in our government’s custody.
One of my top priorities since I was elected to Congress has been to permanently protect more of Colorado’s wilderness. Earlier this year, I introduced legislation to protect an additional 740,000 acres of wilderness in 33 areas across our state.
Colorado is home to some of the most unique and treasured landscapes in the country, and for many residents, these outdoor spaces are what make life here so special. Colorado’s wilderness areas are why so many people from across the country flock to visit our state each year. And they help support Colorado’s booming outdoor recreation industry, which generates $28 billion a year in consumer spending in our state and supports 229,000 jobs – four times more than the oil and gas industry.
By protecting more of Colorado’s wilderness, the Colorado Wilderness Act (H.R. 2546) will help ensure that this important industry continues to act as a key driver of our state’s economy, as well as help protect some of our state’s most magical landscapes for generations to come.
After more than 20 years of work on this bill, the Colorado Wilderness Act is finally moving forward in Congress. Just this week, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on our plan, which now puts it on track to get a vote needed to move it to the full House within the coming months.
Moving this bill forward wasn’t the only thing we accomplished this week. On Thursday, the House’s subcommittee on Health approved my legislation to continue funding two critical research programs that are working to find a cure for diabetes.
These two programs – the Special Diabetes Program for Type 1 Diabetes and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians – provides researchers at the National Institutes of Health the funding they need to continue working to find new ways to treat this disease, which affects more than 30 million Americans.
One of the people affected by this disease is 11-year-old Jaden McKinney, who stopped by my office this week. Jaden has Type 1 Diabetes and, like so many others I’ve met with, he told me that he’s worried about not being able to access the insulin he needs to stay alive. No one in this country should have to worry about accessing this life-sustaining drug. And kids like Jaden are why I am working so hard to lower the cost of insulin and continue funding the research needed to eventually find a cure.
Finally, if you haven’t already signed-up to attend, tomorrow I will be hosting a community meeting with State Representative Meg Froelich to provide everyone with an update on the some of the major issues that Congress is working on right now – and more importantly, to hear directly from people in our community about what matters most to them.
If you’re available tomorrow, I hope you will join us. We’ll be meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Englewood High School located at 3800 S. Logan Street in Englewood.
If you do plan to attend, we just ask that you please click here to RSVP, so we can ensure we have enough space for everyone.
As always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988, or visit my website at DeGette.house.gov where you can learn more about the some of the issues that are most important to our community, and all of the different ways that my staff is available to assist you.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Member of Congress