Texas Republican: Migrant conditions in his state the 'worst' he's seen

Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran House approves amendment seeking to block Trump from taking military action against Iran Trump officials defend use of facial recognition amid backlash MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that conditions in migrant detention facilities in the Lone Star State were the “worst” he’s ever seen.

“I've been down there throughout my 15 years in Congress and before that, as a federal prosecutor. This is the worst I've ever seen it, and it has to be taken care of,” McCaul said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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McCaul also expressed agreement with Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceUS military satellites are vulnerable to hacking — but Trump's 'Space Force' could help fix that Jewish group plans DC protest to occupy ICE detention centers Trump to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border MORE, who, during an earlier appearance on the show, said dangerous, unsanitary conditions in detention facilities were the fault of congressional inaction.

“I think at a minimum … we have to pass humanitarian aid to take care of these children,” McCaul told CBS’s Margaret Brennan. 

He added that while he would prefer to tie humanitarian aid to other border security measures, “if my choice on the minority side is to vote up or down on a compassionate, humanitarian package, that's what I'm going to do because it's the right thing to do.”

McCaul’s comments came in the wake of reports that four toddlers were sent to the hospital last week after being held at a detention facility.

House Armed Services Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithOvernight Defense: Esper officially nominated for Defense secretary | Pentagon silent on Turkey getting Russian missile system | House, Senate headed for clash over defense bill House and Senate head for showdown on must-pass defense bill Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran MORE (D-Wash.), who appeared on the CBS program before McCaul, said resolving immigration issues would require a “humane” approach that Democrats do not trust President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE to implement.

“There is a crisis on the border, no question. The president’s policies have contributed to that crisis,” Smith said.