Congresswoman Shrier returns from visit to immigration detention center

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8th District Congresswoman Kim Shrier returned from a weekend visit to the Texas border where she toured an immigration detention center.

Shrier says her trip was prompted by reports by Homeland Security and the media about the medical attention and treatment of children at the border.

As a Spanish-speaking pediatrician, Shrier said she felt compelled to assess the situation.

“There’s no question that a crisis exists there and we have work to do to alleviate overcrowded conditions and make sure that migrants being held in U.S. custody are held with respect and receive medical care,” Shrier said.

Shrier added that she came away with several concrete ways to make the process work better for children and families.

The first bill to pass the House today was for a package of foreign assistance to address the root cause of migration from Central America.