McCaul to Hold Hearing on Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Next Tuesday, the Homeland Security Committee will hold the following hearing to examine the causes of the growing trend of unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest border and the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to address this issue.

TUESDAY, June 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Homeland Security Committee

Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border

311 Cannon House Office Building

·         Witnesses Include to Be Announce

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “Over the last year there have been more than 60,000 unaccompanied children crossing our southern border and the problem is growing from bad to worse. They are being drawn here as a result of our failed border policies. It’s a terrible situation where parents are handing over their children to smugglers only to endure unspeakable hardship and peril along a very dangerous and long journey. At the same time, ICE and CBP officers and agents are being overwhelmed by this massive influx of unaccompanied minors and it’s affecting their ability to stop and interdict criminal activity along the border, including cartels smuggling drugs, weapons and criminal aliens crossing into the United States. This hearing will examine the causes behind this recent surge and I look forward to hearing from DHS leaders on how they plan to stop this dangerous trend.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.