Catherine Cortez Masto Calls for Reforms to Detention Protocols to Protect Migrants
Following the deaths of 8-year-old Felipe Alonzo-Gomez and 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, many have called on the federal government to perform a full evaluation of its processes and make necessary reforms to prevent future tragedies. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) added her voice to the issue on Monday sending a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan urging them to work with Congress to make changes to its detention protocols in order to prioritize the wellbeing and safety of migrant children. “I call on CBP to work with Congress and the appropriate medical professionals to make immediate and permanent changes to the way it processes, detains, and examines the wellbeing of children in its custody,” wrote Cortez Masto. “Children and families in the government’s custody, no matter their immigration status, must be treated with dignity and receive the utmost care.” Read the full letter here.