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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Supports Bill To Improve Conditions in Migrant Facilities on the Border

Washington, July 25, 2019
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) supported the passage of H.R. 3239, the Humanitarian Standard for Individuals in CBP Custody Act. Fletcher is a co-sponsor of the legislation, introduced by Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-36). H.R. 3239 improves conditions in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facilities where migrants are held after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. It includes requirements for health screenings for migrants; improved water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, and shelter standards; coordination and surge capacity; and training for CBP officers. H.R. 3239 passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, 233 to 195.

“In Houston, we believe in taking care of our neighbors – especially our neighbors in need. The treatment of migrants and asylum-seekers at our borders does not reflect those Houston values,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher. “This bill will set the standards for the facilities and training for those who work within them. I am proud to co-sponsor and support the passage of H.R. 3239.”

As the representative for one of the most diverse districts in the country, Congresswoman Fletcher believes we need common-sense immigration reforms and has supported legislation to reform the immigration system and improve conditions at the border. She is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, to provide legal status for DREAMers and TPS recipients, and supported H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistant and Security at the Southern Border Act, to increase funding to provide humanitarian assistance to children and families in border facilities.