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Washington senator calls for acting Homeland Security Secretary to testify before congress

WASHINGTON D.C. - Washington Senator Maria Cantwell on Wednesday called for acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to testify before Congress. 

In a release, Cantwell said her call was in relation to the mistreatment of detainees at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

"I support bringing Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan before Congress to demand answers about the appalling treatment of detainees. It must end, and there has to be accountability," Cantwell said. 

RELATED: Watchog finds extreme overcrowding in Border Patrol facilities

Cantwell's call comes amid public outcry over reports that migrant children were held under poor health and hygience conditions at multiple Border Patrol locations in Texas. On Monday, members of Congress visited facilites near El Paso. Meantime, protestors and counter-protestors clashed outside. 

Many of the Democratic congressional members expressed outrage over the conditions they witnessed. 

On Wednesday, CNN announced apprehensions at the southern border dropped in June. This was the first drop since January. 

There were nearly 95,000 apprehensions at the border last month, which is down about 28 percent from May.

On Friday, MAleenan said it appeared there would be a 25 percent decrease in June numbers. A dip in border crossings is common during the hot summer months.


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