Freshman Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon will join a delegation of U.S. House Democrats who will visit sites along the United States’ southern border with Mexico this weekend to “meet directly with immigrant advocates about the humanitarian situation as well as receive a border security briefing,” its chief organizer said in a statement released Thursday.
Scanlon, whose 5th Congressional District includes part of suburban Philadelphia, will join the delegation headed by U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, that’s set to visit sites in Texas and New Mexico. As a vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Scanlon’s legislative remit includes immigration issues. As an attorney before her election to Congress last November, Scanlon also did pro bono work with asylum seekers.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Veronica Escobar, of Texas, and Xochitl Torres Small and Deb Haaland (NM-01), both of New Mexico, will also join the delegation. It’s set to meet with immigrant advocates, and receive a briefing on border security from U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Saturday, Hoyer’s office said.
“Despite the President’s demagoguery over immigration, there is not a national emergency or a security crisis at the border that demands a wall,” Hoyer said in a statement. “We face challenges at the border, and as negotiations over how to best secure the border continue, I feel it is important to travel there to meet directly with immigrant advocates about the humanitarian situation as well as receive a border security briefing. I thank Reps. Escobar and Torres Small for inviting me to their districts and Reps. Haaland and Scanlon for joining us. I look forward to an informative trip.”