Doyle Response to Conditions in Detention Centers

July 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) released the following statement in response to reports of inhumane conditions in detention centers for migrants and asylum-seekers at our southern border.

I, like many Americans, have been shocked and angered by the conditions reported in detention facilities at the border. The cruelty displayed by the Trump Administration undermines the values and morals of our country.

The heart-wrenching images we’ve seen are the direct result of the Trump Administration’s policies to press criminal charges against everyone who crosses the border – and to detain refugees while they await court hearings. 

I have pushed – and will continue to push – for an end to these inhumane policies, and to require Customs and Border Patrol to meet basic humanitarian standards in all its detention facilities. I will also be closely monitoring the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing this week that will investigate the separation and treatment of migrant children at the southern border.

We must do everything in our power to hold the individuals who have created these conditions accountable. Our nation has been made great by the contributions of refugees and immigrants, and we are laid low when we turn our back on that proud tradition.