Sen. Jerry Moran meets with local veterans at town hall, addresses border security, concerns

MULVANE, Kan. Sen. Jerry Moran returned to the Wichita area Wednesday, holding a town hall meeting at the American Legion in Mulvane.

Most of the senator's comments concerned veteran care in the U.S., but Moran did field questions about border security and discussed concerns about conditions thousands of migrants face at border facilities.

"First of all, I would say that the idea that our department of justice suggested that it's humane, it's okay for children to be housed at a facility where they have to take turns sleeping on the floor, don't have access to hygiene, toothbrushes, etc... That isn't anything I agree with," Moran says. "It is important for us to treat, particularly young people, in the right way," he says.

Moran had planned to take a trip to the southern border to tour facilities last month, but he was injured while hiking in Arizona. He spoke at Wednesday's town hall from a wheelchair. He says as soon as he heals, enough, he plans to inspect conditions at the border, firsthand.

"I want to see it for myself. I want to know what's going on. I would tell Kansans in the meantime that Congress approved a lot of dollars to improve the facilities, to provide that for juvenile detention, to provide better facilities."

Moran said "there's a lot of work to do to make sure things are done right," and expressed confidence the overall situation can improve with the funding in humanitarian aid package President Donald Trump signed Monday.

Looking at overall border security, Moran said protecting the country's borders is a top priority.

"I'm all for that. I believe we need to put the resources, the dollars, the people here to accomplish that," he says. "The people that cross our border is a national security (issue), a law enforcement issue."

Rep. Roger Marshall, a fellow Kansas Republican, visited the federal facilities at the southern border this week and says he is pleased with the quality of medical attention and housing for migrants.

Marshall traveled to Texas as a member of the "Doc Caucus," a group of Republican doctors in Congress.He says the trip re-solidified his support for President Trump's border wall proposal.