Members Finally Gain Access Inside Tent City for Children
Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) were among the first group of lawmakers given access inside the tent city in Tornillo, TX -- the first location built specifically to house migrant children. The group was not told how many children were at the facility overall, but they were told that 26 minors brought to Tornillo had been separated from their parents at the border and that three of them have since been reunited with their families. Federal officials told the group that at least seven girls arrived at Tornillo on Saturday morning. Members said the conditions were liveable but that the children’s movements are limited by the desert heat, and they are still there without their families. “It’s clear that the staff are doing their best to care for the kids,” Castro said. “Still, the fact that they’re out here in 105-degree weather, in the desert, is a symptom, and I think a moral failing, on behalf of the United States government. ... This whole thing is part of a morally bankrupt system.” Castro and Murphy were joined by Congressmen Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY), and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). More here.