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July 22, 2014

Congressman Thompson Urges Compassion for Unaccompanied Children

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding correspondence sent to the President by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Friday. The Governor expressed his views on the unaccompanied children situation at the southwest border and the prospect that some of the children may be housed at facilities in Mississippi. Congressman Thompson's letter is attached below.

In an excerpt of the letter, Congressman Thompson states:

"We have a moral obligation to treat children fleeing from unspeakable violence and danger with care and respect and to ensure they are in a safe environment while in this country….Time will tell how long this crisis persists, but we have a moral obligation as Americans and as decent human beings to do the right by the kids that have, against the odds, reached our border. Many Mississippians agree on this – you can count me among them."

Link to Letter

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