aside Senator Merkley Tried To Tour Immigration Center With Children But Was Turned Away

According to a CNN News report, the democratic US Senator from Oregon Jeff Merkley’s office personnel had attempted to set up a time for the senator to tour a detention center for migrant children, including those separated from their parents, seeking asylum, at the U.S. border under a May 7, 2018 immigration policy.

Finally, he traveled to this detention center in Brownsville, Texas to see if he could gain entry to check out the facilities by showing up in person, but he was turned away. Senator Merkley said that as far as he knew, no independent observer has been allowed entry.

To check out how FOX TV covered this event see: Reckless’ Sen. Merkley ‘spreading blatant lies’ in failed attempt 

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On June 4, 2018, Molly Olmstead of Slate penned the following report, “U.S. Senator Turned Away From Detention Center for Migrant Children”


“A U.S. Senator from Oregon was turned away from a detention center for migrant children, including those separated from their parents at the U.S. border under a new immigration policy.”“Merkley made the visit because, he said in the videos, he was concerned about the children separated from their families under a new “zero-tolerance” policy, officially announced on May 7, in which all migrant adults arriving at the border illegally are criminally prosecuted and separated from their children in order to be sent off to jails. Children separated from their parents are placed in the custody the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Shelters meant to house them and migrant children who arrive at the border alone are nearing capacity. HHS is considering housing children on military bases to cope with the surging number of migrant children under their care.”

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It’s not known how many children have been separated under this new policy, but the Washington Post reported that in May, there were 10,773 children in custody, an increase of almost 2,000 from the previous month, before the policy was implemented.

“So far, as far as we know, no member of Congress has actually been allowed to see what’s going on with this program,” Merkley said in the Facebook Live video after being turned away from the facility.

After seeing the press being turned away from another border facility earlier in the day, Merkley complained that immigration officials were relying too much on privacy concerns as an excuse to avoid scrutiny. “We have to push back in terms of saying that it’s unacceptable, publicizing that it’s unacceptable, allow[ing] policymakers, and allow[ing] the press to get inside and see what’s going on.”

Merkley, a Democrat, entirely opposes the policy, which has been criticized as inhumane. “[The migrants] have come from horrific circumstances, and then to be treated horrifically when they’re here, when they’re here in the US, as a way to say don’t come and seek asylum, is just simply wrong,” he said in the video. “This isn’t zero tolerance; this is zero humanity.”


  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    THIS IS THE STORY HERE … “A U.S. Senator from Oregon was turned away from a detention center for migrant children, including those separated from their parents at the U.S. border under a new immigration policy.”
    Now, what will be done about this?

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  2. I’m not sure how much credibility this story has, but it has been floating around conservative news circles for the past few days: 28 FBI Agents With Knowledge Of Clinton Server Ask To Testify Against Deep State Corruption .

    House Republicans are set to interview three witnesses in early June regarding the sham Hillary Clinton email investigation.

    According to The Hill, Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, and Michael Steinbach, the former head of the FBI’s national security division, will testify shortly after the release of the IG report.

    Bill Priestap was the FBI official who changed the wording in the James Comey July 2016 speech to remove the word “President” and replace it with “another senior government official” to hide this fact from the American public.

    The third witness is John Giacalone who preceded Steinbach as the bureau’s top national security official and oversaw the first seven months of the Clinton probe.

    The word is that Giacalone quit the FBI in protest over how the higher ups were killing the investigation.

    Giacalone resigned from the Hillary Clinton case and retired from the FBI because he felt the case was going “sideways”; that’s law enforcement jargon for “nowhere by design.”


    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      I’m not giving this report any credibility. It is attempt to point fingers at HRC to deflect from FBI’s Trump Russia probe. President Trump is the one in office and he’ll be held accountable for his wrongdoings.

      The GOP have had years of multiple investigations against HRC with nada to show for it. Pointing the finger elsewhere does not absolve the one with his hands stuck in the cookie jar with cookie crumbs on the sides of his mouth and chin.

      Hugs, Gronda


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