GOP Rep. Hurd on Detention Centers: ‘Shouldn’t Hold Anybody There for Any Length’

On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) argued that no one should be held in the border detention facilities “for any length of time, let alone children.”

Hurd said that the DHS IG report “was expected. Because there was a similar report back in May. There have been similar reports years ago when this really first started in 2014, the conditions in these facilities were worse than they are now. Border Patrol has been saying that these facilities were not built to handle the load that they’ve been seeing, and I’ve inspected many of these facilities, and you shouldn’t hold anybody there for any length of time, let alone children.”

He continued, “And ultimately, what we need to be doing is, ICE and HHS, they need additional resources. They need additional facilities as well. Border Patrol was designed to hold people until they can turn them over. If they’re an adult, they go to ICE, if they’re a child, they go to HHS. And because HHS and ICE [are] also overwhelmed, Border Patrol has had to get into the detention business, and they are not prepared for that.”

Hurd added that the U.S. needs to address the economic problems and violence in the Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and do more to destroy the infrastructure of human traffickers.

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