Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen: All Those Killed In Bridge Collapse Were Migrants
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 18: Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., is seen in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, January 18, 2024.
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Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said during an interview over the weekend that everyone who was killed last week on the Francis Scott Key Bridge was a migrant.

Van Hollen made the remarks during a Sunday interview on ABC News’ “This Week” while talking about the incident in which a 1,000-foot cargo ship, the Dali, hit the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, causing the bridge to collapse instantly.

“We’re working to help the families of the six individuals,” Van Hollen said. “All of them, all immigrants. It’s a clear example about the contributions and the sacrifices that immigrants make.”

Host Martha Raddatz said that the migrants came from Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala.

“And the other priority right now is to open the channel because this is a thriving port of Baltimore. We have over 15,000 people working directly for the port,” Van Hollen said. “Thousands of others — their livelihood depends on the port. So, opening that channel is the priority.”


“And I want to thank President Biden because he has followed through on his commitment,” he continued. “The Army Corps of Engineers will cover all the cost of clearing the channel. We have submitted our requests for rebuilding the bridge to the emergency relief program. We’ve been invited in that program. The federal government will pay 90 percent of the costs and Senator [Ben] Cardin and I are planning to introduce legislation to cover the other 10.”


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