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Members Of Oregon Delegation Tour Portland Shelters For Unaccompanied Migrants

July 28, 2019
In The News

Four Democratic members of Oregon’s congressional delegation spent their Sunday morning on a tour of two Portland-based facilities that house young migrants who traveled to the United States without a parent or legal guardian.

For U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, it was the latest in a string of tours of shelters for migrant youth. Merkley was one of a dozen Senate Democrats who visited a facility in McAllen, Texas earlier this month, where lawmakers reported that children were not being provided toothbrushes and the water was “barely drinkable.”

Reps. Peter Defazio, Suzanne Bonamici, and Earl Blumenauer joined Merkley for Sunday’s tour of Morrison. Sen. Ron Wyden was conducting a separate inspection of migrant facilities in El Paso, Texas and Otero County, New Mexico.