MISSION, Texas – The three members of Congress from South Texas – U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar, Filemon Vela, and Vicente Gonzalez, have been in great demand on the TV networks this past week.
The subject for which their views have been sought is the surge in border crossings by unaccompanied minors, mostly from the countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
Rep. Vela told the national media:
“There is no perfect fix here. The administration is doing the right thing because the law requires that we process unaccompanied minors. However, we are in the middle of a pandemic and our systems are being overwhelmed. At some point, it is important to take a practical approach. Thirteen percent of the unaccompanied minors are under the age of 12. One logical approach to this situation would be to return the older teenagers to their home country and provide funding for an effort supervised by the United Nations to properly care for those teenagers upon their return. Then, once the pandemic is under control you could phase the program back in so that there would be some semblance of control over the process. I think that this would help relieve the current burden.”
Here are the views Rep. Cuellar’s views on the subject:
And here is Rep. Gonzalez’s analysis:
Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows unaccompanied minors at a detention center on the southern border. (Photo credit: ABC News).
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