01.24.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Investigation into Conditions of Detained Migrant Children

Senators Push for Answers Following Death of Two Children in CBP Custody, Seek Changes to Prevent Future Tragedies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues in calling on the federal Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Comptroller General to examine conditions for all children detained by the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP). The Senators, led by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), hope to prevent future tragedies like the deaths of Jakelin Caal and Felipe Alonzo-Gomez that occurred while in the agency’s care.

“We believe it is imperative that your office open an investigation not only into the circumstances of these two tragedies, but into the broader conditions of children being detained by CBP,” the Senators wrote. “Unless we truly understand what happened in these tragedies, we cannot fix what went wrong and put the correct policies in place so that it never happens again.”

The Senators outlined a number of questions that need to be addressed to prevent future tragedies from happening. They also expressed the need for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as another means of addressing this urgent problem.

Senators Baldwin, Casey and Feinstein were joined by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Edward Markey (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tina Smith (D-MN), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) in sending the letter.

The full letter is available here.