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GOP Rep. Will Hurd: US Shouldn't Use Kids as 'Deterrent Policy'

GOP Rep. Will Hurd: US Shouldn't Use Kids as 'Deterrent Policy'
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Saturday, 16 June 2018 09:09 PM

Republican Rep. Will Hurd said Saturday that after touring a center in his Texas district where migrant children were being held "makes it very clear that in the home of the free and land of the brave, we should not be using kids as a deterrent policy."

"This is something I think is actually unacceptable, and is something that as Americans we shouldn't be doing," Hurd, who is in his second term, told Ana Cabrera on CNN. "This really isn't a Republican or Democratic issue.

"This is an issue about how should you treat children."

The Trump administration has been widely attack for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime, though the parents are.

The Associated Press on Friday cited Homeland Security data saying that nearly 2,000 immigrant children have been separated from their families over the past six weeks during a crackdown on illegal entries.

President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed the situation on Democrats, tweeting Saturday that party members "can fix their forced family breakup at the border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!"

Hurd, who said he toured a detention center near Brownsville Friday night, told Cabrera: "This is clearly something that the administration can change.

"They don't need legislation to change it. They don't need Democrats in order to change it.

"This is a Department of Justice policy — and this is something that's being enacted by HHS," he said, referring to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Hurd said he found many teenagers at the detention center — and HHS officials could provide no information on them or their circumstances.

"The kids are 16-year-old and 17-year-old boys," he said.

"These are kids that have been in other facilities in other parts of the country that have been moved to this facility in order for room to be made for the kids that are being separated from their parents.

"Now, the question that I've had for HHS is how do the parents that are separated from their kids know where their kids are? How do the kids know where their parents are?

"There's a lot of folks that aren't talking to one another within the administration," Hurd said.

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Republican Rep. Will Hurd said Saturday that after touring a center in his Texas district where migrant children were being held "makes it very clear that in the home of the free and land of the brave, we should not be using kids as a deterrent policy.""This is something I...
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