Thursday at a field hearing in Texas pertaining to the surge of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) balked at the suggestion of Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) that the children filling the border facilities need to be detained and deported by holding up a bag of lollipops to demonstrate her view that compassion not deportation is in order.
Referring to the illegal immigrant minors as “homeless children,” Jackson Lee said, “I took lollipops along with my colleagues into the detention center where children were. I wasn’t armed. I wasn’t fearful for my life. This is not a national security crisis this is a humanitarian crisis.”
The Texas lawmaker added, “The children should be given the basic covered of the law that is in existence today that will allow us to treat them in a humane way.”
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