Terri Sewell travels to Texas border to visit detention center

Terri Sewell in Texas
Terri Sewell_Texas trip

On Thursday, Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell traveled to the Texas border where she and other members of Congress toured a border patrol processing center and detention center. The trip, which lasted Through Saturday, July 21, led the group of nine to the Port Isabel Detention Center, an adult detention center, as well as the Brownsville Port of Entry, the initial point of entry and detention for many asylum seekers.

Terri Sewell_Texas trip
Sewell visited the Texas border with eight other Representatives to observe detention centers and court proceedings for immigrant families seeking asylum. [Photo Credit: Rep. Terri Sewell on Facebook]

“This week’s trip to the border is a chance for lawmakers to see firsthand how President Trump is treating immigrant families seeking shelter” said Sewell. “The United States is a country of immigrants with a proud legacy of protecting families fleeing violence and persecution.

She continued, “By tearing children from their parents and by placing them in long-term detention, President Trump has failed that legacy. Dr. King once said that, ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ With this week’s tour of the border, Members from across the country are taking a stand against the injustice and abuse committed by the Trump Administration against families seeking shelter in the United States.”

Sewell is a cosponsor of the Keep Families Together Act, a bill which would prohibit the Trump Administration from separating immigrant children from their families, except in extraordinary circumstances.