Statement by Rep. Kelly on U.S. Border Policy

Jun 18, 2018

The following is a statement by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) regarding recent news from the southern border:

“As a father to four and grandfather to ten, the sight of any child being separated from his or her parents is deeply troubling to me. I want to get this problem solved immediately. For instances when the child is verifiably not being exploited or facing any danger, then I agree with President Trump that current policy should be changed to keep family units together. When dealing with the many facets of immigration and border control policy, numerous concerns must always be carefully weighed, including legal, economic, security, and humanitarian consequences. Responsibly debating this issue must begin with separating concrete facts from sensationalized rumors, half-truths, and falsehoods. As a lawmaker, I have an obligation to hear from all sides of this debate, including law enforcement authorities in the federal government who work hard to keep our country safe. As a representative, I have a duty to craft policies in the best interests of the safety and prosperity of all Western Pennsylvanians, including wage security for our workers. As I continue to review the facts of the current situation and listen to concerns from my constituents, I remain ready to work with my congressional colleagues to update our border policies in a way that is fully good for our citizens, tough on criminals, and humane to families looking for a better life.”