Over 2 dozen Democratic members of Congress tour Valley centers housing separated children
25 Democratic members of Congress came to the Rio Grande Valley to visit the epicenter of the past week's immigration firestorm.
Members of Congress from all over the country expressed their frustration over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy of separating children from their parents at the border in order to prosecute parents in federal court for entering the U.S. illegally.
This week, President Trump ended the executive order.
One Florida representative, who worked in law-enforcement, disagreed with Trump's zero-tolerance policy.
"As a police chief, I had a zero-tolerance policy too. But that policy was for murderers and rapists and robbers,” said Val Demings (D-FL). “It was not for non-violent people. And so, I am appalled from what I have seen today.”
What impacted lawmakers, many parents themselves, was the way in which children inside the facility were housed.
"I am leaving tremendously pained. I kept seeing my grandchildren in all those cages being treated as animals," said Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).
Lawmakers made a second stop to the Port Isabel Detention Center, where they met parents separated from their children.
"This young woman, Carla, said she did talk with her daughter last week. And [I asked her], how was your child? Her child is sobbing because she wants her mother," said Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
Lawmakers said they will continue to visit the Valley's detention centers until every parent is reunited with their children.