Elizabeth Warren tours immigration center: 'It's a disturbing picture'

Elizabeth Warren tours immigration center: 'It's a disturbing picture'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Dem voters split on importance of women atop the ticket in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) shared her experience touring an immigration center on Sunday, saying it was a "disturbing picture."


"It's a disturbing picture. There are children by themselves. I saw a six-month-old baby, little girls, little boys," Warren told reporters. 

"There are mothers with their babies, with small children. Family units are together if it's a very small child, but little girls who are 12 years old are taken away from the rest of their families and held separately. Or little boys," she continued. "They're all lying on concrete floors in cages. There's just no other way to describe it."



Warren, a potential 2020 presidential contender, is one of the latest Democratic lawmakers to visit an immigration detention center. 

Several Democratic leaders, including Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDem senator requests FBI investigate Nielsen for potential perjury Trump officials discussed ‘deterrent effect’ of prosecuting migrant parents: report Senate Democrats hold talkathon to protest partial shutdown MORE (D-Ore.) and members of the media, toured a detention facility in McAllen earlier this week.

Warren's comments come as the administration faces backlash for its handling of migrants illegally crossing the U.S. border. 

Critics slammed the administration earlier this week for its "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting immigrants who illegally cross the border, resulting in the separation of families. 

Trump caved in the face of the pressure last week and signed an executive order putting an end to the administration's practice of separating migrant families at the border, which resulted in some 2,000 children being separated from their parents.