Senator Martin Heinrich Calls For Action To Address Central American Refugee Crisis, Fix Broken Immigration System

“Let us hope that our attitude as a nation continues to be defined by the image of the statue of Liberty, and not by shouting protesters holding signs labeled, ‘Return to Sender,’ as they stand in front of busses full of Central American children.”

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich delivered remarks on the Senate Floor calling for action on the current Central American Refugee Crisis and the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill that passed more than a year ago.

In his speech, Senator Heinrich emphasized the need to pass the Senate’s Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill, a proposal introduced by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) that includes $2.73 billion to help stem the current Central American refugee crisis.

Senator Heinrich also called for action on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill that included provisions that would help address the Central American refugee crisis by strengthening the border, protecting children who have been victims of human trafficking, and cracking down on smugglers and transnational criminal organizations.

During his time on the Senate Floor, Senator Heinrich engaged in a conversation with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on curbing drug trafficking to address the root causes contributing the refugee crisis in Central America.

Watch and share Senator Heinrich’s speech to the U.S. Senate.