Tim Sheridan Criticizes Congressman Ken Calvert’s Response to Murrieta Immigration Crisis – July 5, 2014
For Immediate Release Contact: Cindy Petersen
July 5, 2014 951-471-2520
Tim Sheridan, the Democratic nominee in the race for California’s 42nd Congressional District, attended the Murrieta Town Hall meeting at Murrieta Mesa High School on Wednesday night, held following the protests against the transfer of Central American immigrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station.
“I see this as a humanitarian issue,” said Sheridan. “But the ultimate resolution has to come from Congress – the fact that my opponent (20-year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert) did not attend such an important Town Hall meeting clearly demonstrates that he is disengaged from the people in the 42nd District and further supports our contention that Congress is broken and that we need new representation in Washington,” he added.
Earlier in the week, Sheridan’s campaign committee organized a relief effort which successfully gathered supplies for the migrants from sympathetic people in the area. The immigrant detainees — many of them women and children — had been apprehended as they attempted to cross the border into Texas recently and were being transferred to the Murrieta facility by the Department of Homeland Security because the Texas station was unable to process the large numbers of people. According to reports, Border Patrol agents across the Southwest this year have detained more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in their countries.
Sheridan has been a constant critic of Calvert for his failure to take the lead on the immigration issue in Congress. Sheridan points to a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate last year that has been languishing in the House. “The bill was designed to address issues such as this, including increasing security at the border, but Mr. Calvert has refused to take any action or urge (Speaker of the House) John Boehner to bring it up for a vote,” Sheridan said. “I was encouraged that Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Stone, a Republican, echoed my position noting that the issue is the responsibility of Congress and encouraging attendees to tell Mr. Calvert to do something about it. There is no further proof needed that a member of Congress is not doing his job than when a local politician from his own party criticizes him for a lack of action.”