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Kinzinger Statement on Immigration, Border Issues

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Washington, June 20, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
After a House GOP Conference Meeting with President Trump last night, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement:
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Washington, DC – After a House GOP Conference Meeting with President Trump last night, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement:

“Last night, the President briefed our House GOP Conference on a number of issues, and reiterated his support for a House-passed immigration bill. I hope my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, will support the compromised package that increases border security, provides a permanent solution for the Dreamers, and makes the necessary immigration reforms that will reduce the high number of illegal border crossings.

“As I’ve said before, the practice of separating children from their parents at the border must end – and it should have ended long ago. I am alarmed by the recent reports coming from the U.S.-Mexico border and urge the Administration to take swift action. I would support a stand-alone resolution to fix this issue now, in addition to working with my colleagues on a broader solution to fix our broken immigration system.

“In my Air National Guard service, I have worked along the border in patrol and other missions, and I know firsthand that it is not secure nor entirely safe. As such, I am not supportive of parents putting their children in danger by illegally crossing the border. These parents are putting their children at risk for human trafficking, amongst other dangers. And there is grave concern that some people claiming to be the parents are ultimately trafficking these innocent children. It’s a heartbreaking situation, and highly dangerous. But we must find a resolution that ensures the safety of ALL people – and we must do so quickly.”

 

 

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