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Kaptur joins Congressional Hispanic Caucus Delegation to investigate the impacts of President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy


BROWNSVILLE, TX: On Friday, January 17, 2020, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) [Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development] joined Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) [Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus], and other members on a Congressional delegation to Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico to investigate the impacts of the Trump Administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and the use of tent court facilities to adjudicate “Remain in Mexico” asylum cases.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur


Congresswoman Kaptur was accompanied by Baldemar Velásquez, co-founder and President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO [FLOC]. Rep. Kaptur and Mr. Velásquez have worked closely on issues related to farm labor in North America for many years.


This delegation trip marks approximately one year since Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy was implemented on January 25, 2019. The Remain in Mexico policy has turned away approximately 60,000 migrants. Thousands of families are being forced to wait in dangerous border towns in Mexico as they go through the asylum process, which can take months. 


Members will cross the border to visit asylum-seekers in Matamoros, which has the largest tent camp of its kind on the US-Mexico border. Afterwards, the delegation will tour the tent court facilities in Brownsville, Texas. The tent court facilities have been shrouded in secrecy and there have been multiple reports of due process violations.


Following the tour of the tent court, the members briefed the press on their impressions from their visit to the tent court and discussions with families under the Remain in Mexico policy.



Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations; Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development;

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus;

Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-34);

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-03), Assistant Speaker;

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee;

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations; Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education;

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Chairwoman of the House; Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs;

Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Second-Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus;

Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), Immigration Task Force Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus;

Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32);

Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31);

Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35);

Congresswoman Sylvia García (TX-29);

Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04);

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18);

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01);

Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-02);

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20);

Congressman Ed Case (HI-01).


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