Maloney Votes for Bill to Set Humanitarian and Medical Standards at the Southern Border
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after voting to help pass H.R. 3239, Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act.
“Yesterday, I was proud to join my colleagues in voting to pass Congressman Raul Ruiz’s humanitarian standards of care legislation. This important bill establishes new standards for health screenings and emergency medical care, and for appropriate access to water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, and shelter so that we are actually taking care of migrants at our southern border, instead of inflicting harm.
“On July 13, I traveled to the Southern border with 20 other members of Congress so we could see for ourselves the conditions of border detention centers. What I witnessed firsthand was inhumane treatment and atrocious conditions that we, as a country, should find unacceptable; extreme overcrowding, no access to showers or toothbrushes, and people forced to sleep on concrete floors. This bill hopefully just a first step in our continued work ease that pain and suffering as we work towards comprehensive immigration reform.”