Trump is proposing internment camps for migrants detained at the border: Sen. MerkleyPresident Donald Trump is proposing internment camps for migrants detained at the U.S./Mexico border, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said on ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast.
"It is the large-scale imprisonment of children and parents for the duration of their immigration proceedings which can go on for years" Merkley told Senior Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce on the podcast. "And we must not allow America to go back to the philosophy of World War II where we lock up thousands of families for years at a time."
The Trump administration has made efforts to do away with the Flores Agreement, a court-approved settlement, which does not allow children to be held in detention facilities for more than 20 days.
Trump and Republicans have called the Flores Agreement a "loophole" which encourages undocumented immigrants to bring their children when trying to cross the border.
The senator disagrees saying, "Flores is a fundamental protection of the health and welfare of children and it is exactly the foundation that was established by the court in the agreement. This administration does not accept that it must provide fundamental protection for children."
When asked about why immigration is such a deeply rooted issue for him, Merkley cited his experience living in developing countries like West Africa and Mexico.
"I can personally connect with what is going on in these countries when they're in severe turmoil that produces refugees fleeing persecution," he said.
In June 2018, Merkley visited multiple migrant detention facilities in McAllen, Texas.
"The kids were being torn out of their parents arms and they were being sorted into these cages there at the facility," he said.
He said that he was initially denied entry to another facility converted from an old Walmart which held 1,500 boys.
What in the hell have we let happen?