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

The Hill logo The Hill 6/25/2018 Julia Manchester

a close up of Elizabeth Warren in glasses looking at the camera © Provided by The Hill Sen. Elizabeth Warren (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 is one of the latest Democratic lawmakers to visit an immigration detention center.

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Jeff Merkley (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 arresting migrant adults who illegally crossed 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.


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