READ: Senator Jeff Merkley Shares News That Trump Administration Has No Way to Track Separated Children: ‘This Is What Evil Looks Like’


Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) had just six simple words to say when he shared the news that President Donald Trump’s administration has no way to track migrant children who’ve been separated from their parents: “This is what evil looks like.”

Merkley was responding to an update from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that the Trump administration did not dispute a report that there “may have been thousands more separated kids” than originally reported.

The ACLU, in addition to condemning the administration, announced that a court date has been scheduled for February 21.

The news stunned many who concurred with Merkley’s sentiments and amplified calls for the president’s impeachment and removal from office.

Merkley has previously spoken out against the Trump administration on the issue of family separation. On Friday, he announced that he would bring Albertina Contreras Teletor and her 11-year-old daughter, Yakelin Garcia Contreras, who were separated for two months after attempting to cross the U.S-.Mexico border, as his guests to the president’s State of the Union address.

“This child separation policy came from a dark and evil place within the heart of this administration,” Merkley said in a statement. He added:

“I’m bringing Albertina and Yakelin as my guests to the State of the Union because we need to bear witness to the suffering that this cruel policy inflicted, and resolve to make sure that nothing like this ever happens in the United States of America again.”

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