From: The Honorable Sam Farr
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Date: 7/31/2014

Dear Colleague

I write to draw your attention to the Washington Office on Latin America’s opposition to the House GOP Supplemental Appropriations bill that addresses the humanitarian crisis of the Unaccompanied Children. I share their concerns. This bill does nothing to promote safety and security for these children in their home countries.  There are severe human rights abuses in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador yet the base bill waives current law that conditions U.S. foreign assistance to these countries. I have fought to restore these critical human rights conditions to this legislation. But until we address the culture of poverty and violence in these countries, children will continue to flee their home countries. This is a flawed bill and a tragic missed opportunity to address the root causes of this crisis. I urge opposition to this legislation.


Member of Congress