MCALLEN, Texas — Preparations are underway as Vice President Mike Pence, along with a delegation of U.S. Senators, are scheduled to be in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, July 12. The delegation will visit to see the current conditions at a detention facility in McAllen. This visit comes after several negative reports of the conditions at border detention facilities.
The VP is also expected to participate in a round table discussion. However some activist groups say they are not convinced this visit will bring about any positive change.
Martha Sanchez, LUPE, “It doesn’t transfer to any better treatment of the families so our expectations are not very high.”
The LUPE organization will be countering the visits with protest saying they can do better when it comes to the treatment of individuals in detention facilities.
“We in the rio grande valley don’t agree in the way the families are being treated we feel that families especially children should be protected not to be mistreated.” says Sanchez.
One of the U.S. Senators joining the vice president will be Senator John Cornyn. He says congress needs to focus resources to the border to deal with the flow of migrants. Calling the $4.6 billion dollar immigration funding passed by congress last month a band-aid.
“It doesn’t deal with the underlying causes of the flood of humanity coming across the border.” said Senator Cornyn.
LUPE says they hope the vice president will come with and open mind and look at different perspectives into resolving the flow of migrants.
Sanchez adds, “We really need to look at the root of the problem of what is driving people out of their own countries. As long as we continue to put band aids on this issue we are going to continue to see families venturing this way.”
Sanchez adds she hopes this visit is not just another photo opportunity and this visit is different from previous visits by the administration.