Arizona Lawmakers Weigh In On Kids At Texas Border Patrol Detention Center

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:13pm

As of Tuesday morning, most of the migrant children detained at a remote Texas Border Patrol station had been moved to another facility.  By Tuesday afternoon, one-third had returned.

The decision came after civil rights attorneys described finding children covered in mucus and urine, and unable to shower or brush their teeth for weeks at a time.

Republican congressional members, including Arizona's Rep. Andy Biggs have called the claims baseless and placed the children's predicament on the parents.

"You got parents who are choosing to come here illegally," he surmised. "That's part of the problem and they need to stop it, they need to say, 'OK, we have a problem, we need to stay home.'"

Arizona's Democratic representatives, including Rep. Tom O'Halleran, have called the conditions inexcusable.

"We treat murders in our einal system, better than we treat these children in these camps, said U.S. Congressman O'Halleran. "At least they have toothbrushes and toothpaste."

Originally, all but 30 of the children were moved to a Border Patrol facility near El Paso, where civil rights activists say conditions may not be any better for the children.

That detainment center was at capacity forcing 100 of the children to return to the Clint, Texas, facility.

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