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Johnson asks for congressional action following photo at borderSubmitted: 06/26/2019
Johnson asks for congressional action following photo at border
Story By Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A recent photo showing a migrant father and young daughter found drowned in the Rio Grande River got the attention of Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson.

The father and daughter drowned Sunday as they crossed from Mexico into Texas.

Senator Johnson says he hopes to not see another picture like that "at the U.S. border."

He spoke today at Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, and said the influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border is a huge problem. He says real change starts with a conversation and that congress needs to act.

"I hope that picture alone will catalyze this congress, this senate, this committee, to do something," Johnson told the committee.

The Senate today did act, approving bipartisan legislation providing $4.6-billion to care for thousands of migrants streaming into the U.S. across the Mexican border.

Democrats previously pushed a similar package through the house, but differences would need to be resolved before it could go to the President.

The House bill has more limits than the Senate version on how the Trump administration would be able to use the money.

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