San Diego, California - Today, Congressman Vargas visited the Chula Vista Border Processing Station in San Ysidro. This facility is one of the locations temporarily housing migrant families and children that are transferred from other locations. Following the visit, Vargas held a press conference highlighting the humanitarian crisis stemming from the influx of migrant children and families, as well as the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
“When those three buses full of children and families were turned away in Murrieta, they came here. I want to welcome them with compassion and let them know that in San Diego they will be treated fairly and with dignity,” said Vargas. “I also want to applaud the Customs and Border Protection officials I met today for the professional and humane way they are doing their job.”
The children and families in the San Ysidro CBP Processing Center are some of the many who have arrived in recent months from Central America. These children have come to escape violence and harsh economic conditions in their countries. Recent attention has focused on children crossing the border, specifically those coming unaccompanied to reunite with family members already residing in the United States.
“The recent increase in unaccompanied minors and families only further highlights the need for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Vargas. “A much needed overhaul of our immigration system will allow for lawful migration and strengthen our economy.”
Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County and California’s entire US/Mexico border. Vargas is currently serving his first term in Congress. He represented the 40th California State Senate District from 2010-2012, the 79th California State Assembly District from 2000 – 2006 and served on the San Diego City Council from 1993 – 2000.