Johnson County protesters want child detention camps closed at southern border

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- As part of a series of demonstrations across the nation protesting the operation of child detention centers along our southern border, members of Johnson County's Move On chapter are demanding that migrant detention camps be shut down.

More than 100 protesters gathered outside U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' office Tuesday.

Activists have joined coordinated "Close the Camps" protests because they believe children are suffering from neglect and they want it to stop.

Participants presented letters to the Kansas senator, asking that Congress take action to close detention camps and cut off funding for them.

President Trump signed a $4.6-billion humanitarian aid package into law Monday. That money is supposed to help immigration agencies overwhelmed by a surge in migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border, by covering expanded costs of food, shelter and medical care.

Protesters says they are distressed by what they call terrible treatment of children by our government.

The president has praised Mexico for sharply increasing the number of immigrants it is detaining and preventing from crossing the border.

Last week a federal judge ordered the administration to take action to improve conditions for children in detention. Some have called their camps unsanitary.

The government has asked for more time to address concerns about the camps. These protesters believe the solution starts with ending detentions entirely.

Roberts' office sent out the following statement Tuesday:

“While we must enforce our immigration laws, my foremost concern is the protection of children. I have supported stronger border security and keeping together families who cross into the United States illegally, while consistently opposing amnesty. We need additional resources at the southern border to resolve the humanitarian crisis hurting thousands of immigrants attempting to enter our country. Last month the Senate, with my support, passed legislation which President Trump signed into law this week, to provide emergency appropriations, including  $4.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security for humanitarian aid and security assistance at the southern border. As congressional oversight of DHS and HHS continues, I will keep the concerns of my constituents, including those who came to my Overland Park office today, in mind.”

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