Challenges at the Border: Examining and Addressing the Root Causes Behind the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 16, 2014 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is testimony from the July 16, 2014 hearing, "Challenges at the Border: Examining and Addressing the Root Causes Behind the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border" held before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Thomas R. Carper: "At last week's hearing, we examined the Administration's response to the current humanitarian challenge at our southern border with Mexico, where unprecedented numbers of undocumented Central American children and families are seeking to enter the United States. Today, we are here to discuss the root causes of this surge in migration from Central America. [...] This is a humanitarian crisis, one that the Administration and Secretary Johnson are taking extremely seriously. Many of the Central American children and families arriving at our borders have heartbreaking stories to tell. We will hear about some of those stories shortly. I believe they require a humane response and one that honors our obligations under U.S. and international law -- and is consistent with the admonition that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves." " Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Shifter, Eric L. Olson, Eric Farnsworth, Richard Jones, and Bryan Roberts.
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