US senator just tried visiting an immigration center holding children- Police are called on him

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On Sunday, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) shared a video that shows him being barred from entering an immigration detention center in Texas.




Merkley wanted to gain access to the facility to confirm that hundreds of refugee children were being held there.

In the video shared to Facebook, Merkley wrote in the description, “I’m going to try to enter a facility in Brownsville, Texas, run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. I am told that this former Walmart may currently be housing hundreds of refugee children who have been separated from their parents.”

In the video, Merkley states he was trying to get a tour of the facility after his staff attempted to set up a meeting to do so last week. He is seen walking up to the building and he explains that it was a former Walmart. He is then told that he can’t come in but a supervisor would come to meet him outside.

Later, you can see a supervisor and police coming out to speak with Berkeley.



Merkley tells the police officers, “The reason why I came is this new policy that the attorney general has in place of families that are waiting for the adjudication of their application for asylum in the U.S., and the children are being separated.”

The official of the facility then tells him, “We should be told ahead of time if anybody is going to come and visit us. Like I said, I’m not going to give a statement right now.”

In the video, Merkley also notes that no member of Congress has visited the facility.

The Oregon senator later tweeted, “I was barred entry. Asked repeatedly to speak to a supervisor—he finally came out and said he can’t tell us anything. Police were called on us.

Children should never be ripped from their families & held in secretive detention centers. RT if you agree this is WRONG.”

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Merkley’s attempt to get into the facility comes as a new policy was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month that would separate families. Also under the new policy, adults who attempt to cross the border illegally would face criminal charges.

House Democrats have demanded the end to the separation of families in a letter on Friday. In the letter to Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, they stated the policy is “unnecessarily inflicting trauma” on innocent children.

The letter also goes on and describes the practice as “antithetical not only to American values but to basic decency and humanity.”



You can watch the full video below:

I’m going to try to enter a facility in Brownsville, TX run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. I am told that this former Walmart may currently be housing hundreds of refugee children who have been separated from their parents.

Posted by Senator Jeff Merkley on Sunday, June 3, 2018

 

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