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DHS Secretary Testifies to Congress as Senate Prepares to Vote on Trump Border Funding

HeadlineJun 12, 2019

Back in the U.S., acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Congress Tuesday that 60,000 children have been taken into DHS custody in the last 40 days alone. Critics say McAleenan’s testimony is part of an ongoing effort to build up a case for more border funding. His hearing came ahead of a planned vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee next week on President Trump’s request for $4.5 billion in emergency spending tied to the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, immigration and human rights advocates are continuing to raise alarm over the dire conditions in which migrant children are being locked up.

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