WATCH: Senator Jeff Merkley Tries to Gain Access to Immigration Detention Facility in Brownsville, Texas, Has Cops Called on Him


On Sunday, Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley attempted to visit an immigration detention facility in Brownsville, Texas. His day began in McAllen, speaking with asylum seekers and looking for answers.

The Oregon Democrat said he wanted to speak to representatives of the immigration service regarding the new Trump administration policy to remove all minor children from their parents seeking asylum upon entry into the United States.

Merkley, who has served in the United States Senate since 2008, also wanted to tour a facility housing the children.

Merkley documented his journey on social media, utilizing both Twitter and Facebook Live to keep the public informed and involved.

The Oregon Democrat also responded to this tweet from the American Civil Liberties Union.

According to the almost 25 minute long video, the senator’s office contacted the Department of Homeland Security last week to schedule a visit to the facility for Merkley. However, they did not get a response with a scheduled visit time or place.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The already established Border Patrol and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transferred to this new cabinet level department and a new law enforcement organization was created: Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Kirstjen Nielsen is the current Secretary of DHS, appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in on December 6, 2017. Nielsen is a former Principal Deputy White House Chief of Staff to President Donald Trump and chief of staff to John F. Kelly during his own term as Secretary of Homeland Security.

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