Traveling with group who wants to see conditions firsthand

AUSTIN, TX, Sep 6, 2019 – Rick Kennedy, Democratic candidate for US House District TX17, will join a group on an information-gathering trip to detention centers on the Texas-Mexico border, traveling September 18-20.

Current plans include stops in Brownsville and Matamoros and a meeting with ACLU representatives. Other possible destinations include the makeshift camps of asylum seekers, meetings with government, municipal and volunteer personnel working on the front lines of this emergency, and a federal magistrate court to observe en masse arraignments.

“We have a humanitarian crisis going on in our backyard,” Kennedy said. “Regardless of the chance of success of their application, asylum seekers, families, and especially children, must be treated with dignity and basic humanity while they are in the care of the United States. I feel that, as someone who wants to represent the people of Central Texas in D.C., I need to see with my own eyes what is going on along our southern border.”

Rick Kennedy is a software engineer, who lives in Austin. He challenged Bill Flores in 2018 and in April announced his intention to run again in 2020. The 17th includes Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Freestone, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, and Robertson counties; also portions of Bastrop, Lee, Leon, and Travis counties. Rick Kennedy finished the 2018 midterm election with the closest margin of any Democrat since the district was redrawn in 2011.


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