American values

Dear Friend,

Like the many New Mexicans I've heard from in recent days, I was sickened by the horrific conditions reported at the U.S. Border Patrol facility in West Texas. The permanent trauma President Trump's anti-immigrant policies are inflicting on innocent children, many of whom are refugees fleeing violence and seeking asylum, is inhumane and does not represent who we are as a nation.

However, the kindness and compassion of communities like Las Cruces, Deming, and Albuquerque to address this humanitarian crisis on the border has been truly inspiring.

Because federal agencies have not provided for sufficient shelter and humanitarian needs for these asylum seekers, local, state, and non-governmental organizations in New Mexico are facing new and unbudgeted costs. That is why I am proud to secure tens of millions of dollars in reimbursement funds for the border communities and non-profits who have stepped up to help.

I will do everything in my power to hold the White House accountable for adhering to our laws, to American values, and for executing a clear plan to right this horrific wrong.

Sincerely,

MARTIN HEINRICH

United States Senator