Washington, D.C. – On Friday, January 17, 2020, U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for a Congressional delegation to Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico to investigate the impacts of the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and the use of tent court facilities to adjudicate ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum cases.
This delegation trip marks approximately one year since the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy was implemented on January 25, 2019. The ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy has turned away approximately 60,000 migrants. Thousands of families are being forced to wait in dangerous border towns in Mexico as they go through the asylum process, which can take months.
Members will cross the border to visit asylum-seekers in Matamoros, which has the largest tent camp of its kind on the US-Mexico border. Afterwards, the delegation will tour the tent court facilities in Brownsville, Texas. The tent court facilities have been shrouded in secrecy and there have been multiple reports of due process violations.
Following the tour of the tent court, the members will brief the press on their impressions from their visit to the tent court and discussions with families under the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.