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Porman Says Lack Of Funding Fueling Conditions At Detention Centers

Jul 17, 2019

U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Credit WCBE files

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Vice President Mike Pence visited federal immigration detention facilities  in Texas over the weekend. 

Portman says a lack of funding is one reason why the facilities are crowded and house migrants in poor conditions. He says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was left out of emergency border funding earlier this year.

Portman says elected officials should work with the United Nations to set up processing centers in other countries where immigrants may seek asylum. Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio was also in Texas over the weekend, and said he was denied access.