‘The House Will Hold Hearing’ on Deaths of Migrant Children, According to Congressman
Following the second tragic death of a second young immigrant child, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer has promised the House, once controlled by Democrats in January, will launch a full investigation.
After a young boy died in custody this week, Hoyer issued a statement in which he said he was “heartbroken” at the tragic news that federal agents allowed a second child to die in as many weeks while in government custody. Hoyer then demanded that Congress ask “serious questions” about what happened while asking who must bear responsibility for the young childrens’ deaths.
“After the new Democratic Majority begins, the House will hold hearings on this young boy’s death and the death of seven-year-old Jakelin Caal earlier this month — as well as the conditions under which thousands of children are being held,” the statement reads.
“I pray for comfort for the families of these children who lost their lives, and I urge the Department of Homeland Security to provide Congress with all the information the public deserves to know and to take action to prevent such tragedies from recurring,” Hoyer added.”
Hoyer’s declaration ends with a promise to reinstate “our nation’s most fundamental values.”
“House Democrats will not stand idly by and watch as our nation’s most fundamental values are eroded, while innocent children are held like prisoners in cages and their lives placed at risk. I want to thank the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for its work to protect migrant families and asylum seekers, including their recent trip to Lordsburg Station to conduct oversight, and I will continue to work closely with its leadership and Members to ensure that Congress does its job and holds the Administration accountable.”