Dem after visiting Texas migrant kids tent camp: This is 'part of a morally bankrupt system'

Dem after visiting Texas migrant kids tent camp: This is 'part of a morally bankrupt system'
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A Democratic representative, after visiting a temporary detention facility for separated migrant kids this weekend, said the Tornillo, Texas, center was part of a "morally bankrupt system."

Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroJulián and Joaquin Castro to campaign with O'Rourke in Texas Castro says Dems will restart Russia probe if they win back the House Rep. Castro: Hispanic community wants ‘infrastructure of opportunity’ to exist for all Americans MORE (D-Texas) was one of a number of Democratic and Republican lawmakers visiting the so-called tent city, Bloomberg reported.

Castro called the living conditions at the facility acceptable, but said: “This whole thing is part of a morally bankrupt system."

Another lawmaker, Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkePoll: Cruz leads O'Rourke by 3 in Texas Senate race Julián and Joaquin Castro to campaign with O'Rourke in Texas The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting MORE (D-Texas), said kids at the facility are unaware of when they'll get to see their parents. 


“Kids who are here do not know when they’re going to be able to see their parents. That in itself is inhumane. As I’ve said, you could be in a four-star hotel. That’s inhumane,” O'Rourke said.

The lawmakers told Bloomberg that the tents house as many as 20 minors each, and said facility workers appear to be doing their best to work with the detained kids.   

“Our trip out here probably raised more questions than it answered,” Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests Congress prepares to punt biggest political battles until after midterms Preventing violence isn’t partisan: Time to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act MORE (R-Pa.) told Bloomberg. “We need to get everybody in one room. There are several links in this chain.”

Democrats and Republicans unleashed a wave of criticism at the Trump administration after it was revealed that thousands of children had been forcibly separated from their parents at the border and detained in separate detention facilities, many behind chain fences.

The president, bowing to bipartisan pressure, backed down from his policy on Wednesday and signed an executive order halting family separations.

The order, which does not address the futures of migrant families that have already been separated, says that most families are to be detained together while adults await court proceedings.