A delegation of congressional Democrats said in the city of El Paso, Texas (USA), that there is no crisis on the border with Mexico and rather there is “a humanitarian challenge.”
The crisis that is intended to make the population believe that it exists, with “danger of attack on the country is not such, and on the contrary it is rather a humanitarian challenge and a crisis in certain aspects, and address it is important to define what We are a nation” said Steny Hoyer in a press conference.
The representative for Maryland was one of the congressmen who this Saturday made an “inspection visit” to the border city of El Paso, prior to the arrival of US President Donald Trump scheduled for next Monday. Hoyer’s words respond to the statement made by the US president, Donald Trump, during his speech on the State of the Union, when he said that El Paso had “extremely high” rates of violence before a wall was built there in 2008.
That city, neighbor of Mexican Ciudad Juarez, has never been among the most dangerous in the country and the last decade was one of the safest cities compared to others of its size, according to several national media. Hoyer, who was accompanied by legislators Verónica Escobar, Xochitl Torres Small and Deb Haaland, who have been released as congressmen in the current legislature, and by Mary Gay Scanlon, said that effective strategies are needed to stop the flow of migrants from Central America.
“We are not a country that separates children from their parents, we are a nation that wants to protect its borders, but we also offer refuge to migrants who are in danger,” Hoyer added.
For his part, Scanlon said the delegation visited a migrant shelter where they talked with at least one mother who was separated from her daughters when crossing the border. “She told her little ones that they should separate because she had to work, and they had to spend four months to see them again, and the immigrant community deserves respect and dignified treatment,” he demanded.
For Haaland, today’s visit serves to corroborate that the president’s rhetoric about the violence in El Paso does not exist and, therefore, instead of a wall, “infrastructure with technology” should be used to protect the border. Escobar pointed out that the complexity of a border, where “two nations touch”, has been the target of a toxic presidential message that has humiliated those who live on this side of the country.
“A wall will not stop Central American migrants fleeing violence and hunger,” said Escobar.