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Government Officials Plan To Visit Border Detention Facilities This Weekend

June 23, 2018 - 11:35 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Politicians concerned over the Trump administration’s immigration policy are now traveling to the border to see detention facility conditions first-hand.

About 25 other government officials are expected to visit the McAllen Border Patrol Station and the Port Isabel Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Facility this weekend.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was in Texas recently and visited an entry point in Tornillo. He attempted to tour a detention facility in the area but was denied. Instead, he was show a pre-produced video.

“We are owed an opportunity to talk to children, as I’ve done in other camps such as McAllen, and I think that we’re also owed visits that would enable us to actually see and hear through a first-hand tour what the conditions are like,” Blumenthal said after the visit. He continued saying that the country is headed for a “train wreck.”

Putting aside his concerns about the humanitarian problems at the border, Blumenthal estimated that each detained person is costing taxpayers up to $2,000.