Slotkin visits northern border facilities, plans bipartisan trip to southern border

    Minors are seen as they exercise in a common area at the Homestead shelter for unaccompanied migrant children on April 08, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The Congresswomen were denied entry by the Department of Health and Human Services, despite a new law mandating Congressional access to the facility. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

    As part of her oversight role as a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Committee, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) on Tuesday visited Michigan’s border with Canada.

    Rep. Elissa Slotkin
    Elissa Slotkin

    The freshman lawmaker toured ports of entry and facilities and met with Customs and Border Protection officers. She said that the visit gave her the opportunity to “see firsthand the work they are doing at our facilities and ports of entry to keep us safe, and gain a deeper understanding for what I can do to help alleviate both the challenges they face and the humanitarian crisis unfolding at our Southern border.”

    Slotkin added she was “impressed with their professionalism and willingness to answer tough questions.”

    In a news release, Slotkin said she is “working to perform important oversight of the [President] Trump Administration’s policies at the border.” She added she is planning to take a bipartisan trip to the Southern border later this month.

    Members of Congress, activists decry border camp conditions

     

    Several Democratic members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), have visited migrant detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border and blasted the conditions there, as well as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

    “It is sickening that human beings are being held in these conditions, and that CBP and ICE agents think it’s just a big joke,” Tlaib said.  “… When a woman asked for water, she was told by agents of our federal government to drink it from the toilet.”

    Immigrant rights organizations such as the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) and Michigan United are planning a rally on the Michigan Capitol lawn in Lansing on Friday.

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    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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