MERKLEY TO RETURN TO TEXAS, LEAD DELEGATION INVESTIGATING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ONGOING MISTREATMENT OF MIGRANT CHILDREN

On oversight trip, Sens. Merkley, Hirono, and Smith and Rep. Chu will inspect family internment centers and child prisons in Texas

Six months after his Father’s Day trip exposing the child imprisonment and family separation crisis on the Texas border, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will lead a congressional oversight trip investigating the Trump Administration’s treatment of children who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border fleeing persecution and danger abroad.

Merkley will be joined on the delegation this Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Tina Smith (D-MN) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA-27).

Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX-16) will also join the delegation on Saturday at Tornillo.

The delegation will look at how children have been treated in two different settings: family internment centers and child prisons — each of which have been called out by experts for their traumatizing effects on children. Specifically, the delegation will inspect family internment centers in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas; and the child prison in Tornillo, Texas. The Tornillo child prison is currently incarcerating more than 2,000 children in a tent encampment in the desert.