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Sen. Jeff Merkley Denied Access To US Border Detention Center

Pamplin Media Group
File Photo: US Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday visited the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas, demanding answers from immigration officials about the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

The senator has posted a Facebook video of the encounter:

“This cruel treatment of children and families arriving to the U.S. is completely un-American and unacceptable,” Merkley said. “Americans should be outraged by the fact that our taxpayer dollars are being used to inflict spiteful and traumatizing policies on innocent children. The Trump administration’s vicious, heartless family separation policy must be stopped. President Trump should end this policy immediately — and any Republican who claims to embrace ‘family values’ must step up to oppose this cruel anti-family agenda.”

According to The Washington Post, On May 7, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would begin prosecuting every person who crossed the Southwest border illegally, even if some of those people are asylum seekers. There is no law that forbids people from reaching a foreign country’s border and requesting asylum.

Read the whole story at Pamplin Media.