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Sen. Merkley refused entry to Texas facility holding migrants' kids

A supervisor at the facility told Merkley he was not allowed to make any statements.

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 12:16 PM
Updated: Jun 4, 2018 7:31 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley failed Sunday to gain access to a federal facility housing immigrant children in Texas near the Mexico border.

He also tried to talk to a supervisor, but was turned away after police were summoned.

The Oregon Democrat told one of the police officers in Brownsville that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' team and the Office of Refugee Resettlement are trying to hide what's happening behind the doors of the former Walmart.

Merkley's office posted video on Facebook of the encounter Sunday evening. A supervisor at the facility told Merkley he was not allowed to make any statements, and referred him to a phone number of the public affairs office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington.

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