Haaland Request for Relief for Communities Affected By Humanitarian Crisis on the Border Passes the House

June 25, 2019
Press Release
Budget Provision also includes funding for the basic needs of children and families seeking asylum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House passed Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s (N.M.-1) request for relief for communities affected by the humanitarian crisis at the border. Amidst reports of unsanitary and unsafe conditions in detention centers along the border, the bill also provides funding for the basic needs of children and families seeking asylum.

“We are a country that believes in taking care of children and supporting local communities on the front lines of crisis. It’s an outrage that this administration refuses to live up to our values and instead has put in place cruel and inhumane immigration policies. The Trump Administration’s lawless behavior has created a humanitarian crisis at the border, but we cannot let that stop us from providing much-needed aid. The funding bill we passed today will ensure communities in New Mexico receive reimbursements for the aid they’ve generously provided and ensure children coming to this country have proper care, food, clean water, toothbrushes, and beds,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland. 

https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifIn May, Haaland and the New Mexico Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that state and local governments and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are providing much-needed humanitarian relief to asylum seekers in southern New Mexico are reimbursed.