Dem plays audio from child detention center on Senate floor
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) played audio obtained from inside a facility used to detain migrant children separated from their families during a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.
The news outlet reported that the children in the recording are roughly between 4 and 10 years old, and had been in the facility for less than 24 hours.
The audio clip has gone viral. In addition to Menendez playing it on the Senate floor, reporters played the sound in the White House briefing room as they waited for press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to arrive on Monday.
The White House is under growing pressure to end the “zero tolerance” policies that are leading to immigrant children being separated from their parents along the border.
Thirteen GOP senators sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking that he pause the practice while Congress works on legislation.
Democrats have rallied behind legislation from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) aimed at preventing families from being separated. Meanwhile a group of GOP senators, led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), are drafting a separate bill that they hope to unveil this week.
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