Press Release, Office of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after another child died in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol:
“I am heartbroken bythetragic newsthat another child has diedin the custody of federal agents. It is incumbent upon Congress to ask serious questions about what happened and who bears responsibility. After the new Democratic Majority begins, the House will hold hearings on this young boy’s death and the death of seven-year-old Jakelin Caal earlier this month – as well as the conditions under which thousands of children are being held. I pray for comfort for the families of these children who lost their lives, and I urge the Department of Homeland Security to provide Congress with all the information the public deserves to know and to take action to prevent such tragedies from recurring.
“House Democrats will not stand idly by and watch as our nation’s most fundamental values are eroded, while innocent children are held like prisoners in cages and their lives placed at risk. I want to thank the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for its work to protect migrant families and asylum seekers,including their recent trip to Lordsburg Station to conduct oversight, and Iwill continueto work closely with its leadership and Members to ensure that Congress does its job and holds the Administration accountable.”