Pallone Recounts Difficult Visit to Immigrants in Elizabeth Detention Center

NJTV News | June 20, 2018 | Immigration
Congressman believes opposition to Trump policy of separating children from parents is ‘building to a crescendo’

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone believes opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at border crossings is “building to a crescendo and there are a lot of Republicans who are opposed to it too…” Speaking amid the growing outcry over the policy, Pallone (D-NJ) also described the unannounced visit he and other local lawmakers made to the federal detention center in Elizabeth on Father’s Day.

“…they wouldn’t let us in, obviously because we’re members of Congress and they thought, in my opinion, that we were going to find out something they didn’t want to show us,” the Congressman told NJTV News in an extended interview. After waiting two hours, the lawmakers were allowed in.

Pallone said he spoke to detainees who “…came here to escape murder, rape, whatever violence. And when they got to the border their kids, in two cases daughters, in one case a 7-year-old younger brother, were taken and they have no idea where they are, or they have some guess about where they are, but they have no communications with them.”

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