Editor’s Note: Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) issued the following statement in response to incidents on Sunday along the southern border:
The actions by the Trump Administration and by federal agents along the border near San Diego are shocking and alarming. Any professional organization should be able to tell the difference between threatening crowds and unarmed men, women, and children seeking asylum and respond accordingly.
For years, I have joined many others in decrying our broken immigration system and warning of the consequences of its continued dysfunction.
I join my colleagues in demanding answers to how tear gas came to be fired across an international border at vulnerable crowds of civilians, and we must learn what policies and directives from senior officials are guiding the actions of personnel at the border.
For years, I have joined many others in decrying our broken immigration system and warning of the consequences of its continued dysfunction. Now, the Trump Administration appears to be acting with such malice and incompetence that our worst fears may be coming to pass. The consequences in both human and economic terms will be enormous.
Whether we are examining the militarization of our southern border, the refusal to admit asylum seekers coming here according to the law, or the orders to separate children from their parents, we must hold this administration accountable for every action it has taken. And ultimately, we must reform our system so that people come to the United States in accordance with our rules and priorities while treating people with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Chief Deputy Whip Diana DeGette is serving her 11th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado.
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