House members respond to reports that migrant children were held in wretched...

House members respond to reports that migrant children were held in wretched conditions

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection provide assistance to unaccompanied alien children after they have crossed the border into the United States. Photo provided by Eddie Perez
U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides assistance to unaccompanied migrant children after they have crossed the border into the United States. (Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Perez)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Pelosi says Trump is scaring the children)

CAPITOL HILL – That was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responding to the appalling conditions that migrant children were held in by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Clint Border Patrol station in El Paso County, Texas. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), representing Texas’ 16th congressional district, based in El Paso, tweeted yesterday:

HRW is Human Rights Watch. Clara Long, senior researcher for the U.S. Program for HRW, reports that, “The three-year old before me had matted hair, a hacking cough, muddy pants, and eyes that fluttered closed with fatigue. His only caretaker for the last three weeks in a United States Border Patrol chain-link cage and then a cell…his 11-year old brother…What we found has left me devastated.”

In other news, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, spearheaded by subcommittee Chairman Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), released a report asserting that, as Portman says:

“Hackers with malicious intent can and do attack federal government cyber infrastructure consistently. In 2017 alone, federal agencies reported 35,277 cyber incidents. Yet our federal agencies have failed at implementing basic cyber-security practices, leaving classified, personal, and sensitive information unsafe and vulnerable to theft. The federal government can, and must, do a better job of shoring up our defenses against the rising cyber-security threats.”

Looking forward, the first Democratic presidential debates of the 2020 cycle will be held in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday. The 20 presidential candidates are preparing to spar on a variety of issues confronting the American electorate.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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