As speculation grows over how President Trump’s executive order to end family separation will play out, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren visited a migrant detention center where family reunification is said to be in the works. After her two hour visit at the Texas center on Sunday, Warren said she saw no evidence of a reunification process underway in the facility.
In fact, she described the center as “a disturbing picture.” Warren looked somewhat distressed in a CNN video, speaking to reporters about the facility conditions, and the people currently detained inside. She added:
There are children by themselves. I saw a six-month old baby, little girls, little boys… Family units are together if it’s a very small child, but little girls who are 12 years old are taken away from the rest of their families or held separately. They’re all on concrete floors in cages. There’s just no other way to describe it. They’re big chain link cages on cold concrete floors and metal blankets handed out to people.
The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly announced on Saturday that Point Isabel Service Processing Center in Los Fresnos, Texas, would serve as “the primary family reunification and removal center for adults in their custody.”
However, after visiting, and speaking with detained mothers, Warren said “It’s clear. They’re not running a reunification process here.” Bustle has reached out to DHS for comment.
Warren said she spoke with nine mothers in the facility. “In every case, they were lied to,” she said. “In every case, save one, they have not spoken with their children. And in every case, they do not know where their children are.”