Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has been one of the loudest voices against Donald Trump’s child separation policy. The lawmaker was part of a delegation that visited a child detainment site in Tornillo, Texas in December of 2018.
The issue of child separation has not been discussed on cable news as often as it was during election season. Yesterday, via Twitter, Merkley requested that the major news networks step up their efforts to shine light on the situation.
The Senator wrote, “I have 4 televisions on right now and not a single one of them is showing this footage from earlier today. Every station should be covering this Trump-created crisis and the mistreatment of children in our care. We are better than this.”
I have 4 televisions on right now and not a single one of them is showing this footage from earlier today. Every station should be covering this Trump-created crisis and the mistreatment of children in our care. We are better than this. pic.twitter.com/ULqYEYD8Fa
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) May 15, 2019
The photos came from a detention center in McAllen, Texas. They were sent to CNN by an whistle blower who told the network, “Nobody, no matter who you are, where you are from should spend an hour like this. This is the United States of America. Not in our country.”
The Department of Homeland Security was quick to blame the issue on Congress and a lack of resources. According to a department source:
“Border Patrol agents are doing everything they can to protect and care for migrants in their temporary custody. Border Patrol stations are simply not equipped to handle the number of families and children arriving along the southwest border, and we need Congress to act to provide immediate relief.”
Neither the White House or the President has commented on the photographs.