U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding the Senate-passed border funding bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We’ve got two responsibilities at the border: First, we need to detain people long enough to separate legitimate asylum seekers from drug runners, human traffickers, and illegal immigrants; second, we have a moral obligation to treat these people – especially children and their families – humanely. This legislation isn’t perfect and we still need long-term legislation to end the bad policy of catch-and-release, but it funds more immigration judges to make sure cases are heard faster and it sends resources to law enforcement and public health officials at the border to deal with the humanitarian crisis. If politicians keep playing games, these agencies will run out of money soon and the heartbreaking conditions at overcrowded facilities are going to get much worse. Congress needs to send this bill to the President’s desk immediately.”