Statement from Rep. Diana DeGette on the president’s visit to the border
Washington, DC – Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) on the president’s visit to McAllen, TX today. DeGette was one of two dozen House members who visited McAllen, TX in June to get a firsthand look at the situation on the ground there. Now, with Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, the Colorado Democrat will soon Chair the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, which has direct oversight over the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (the federal agency charged with caring for the undocumented children who are separated from their parents at the border). DeGette announced earlier this week that one of the first issues she plans for the committee to tackle is the president’s border separation policy.
“I have been to McAllen and I will never forgot what I saw there. I saw the women who had their children ripped from their arms when they arrived at the border. I saw the desperation and despair on their faces. I saw the panic in their eyes. I saw children as young as nine months who had been separated from their families. They were scared to death and desperately looking for their moms and dads. There’s no substitute for being on the ground and seeing what’s happening at the border for yourself. I only hope that the President’s visit today makes the same impression on him as it did on me, and that is: that we, as a nation, are better than this.”