Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan: Congressional funding improving border conditions

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UPDATED 11:36 AM PT – Friday, July 19, 2019

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border are improving thanks to congressional funding.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week, McAleenan said supplemental funding approved by Congress has improved the immediate needs at the border — particularly for children. He said no other law enforcement agency in the U.S. is doing more to ensure the health and safety of those it encounters than the Customs and Border Protection.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan speaks at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

During a House hearing Thursday, McAleenan defended the Border Patrol’s effort to address the border crisis:

“Combined with our 2,300 agents and officers who are trained emergency medical technicians and paramedics, I am confident that no law enforcement agency in the world is providing more critical life saving care or medical support than U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

Last month, Congress approved $4.6 billion in supplemental funding despite opposition by the Democrat Party’s progressive wing.

In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019, photo, Baptist Child and Family Services CEO Kevin Dinnin talks about medical equipment at the U.S. government’s newest holding center for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)