U.S. lawmakers visit McAllen detention center as demonstrations continue outside

Several members of Congress visited a detention center in McAllen, Texas, Saturday; with a growing protest outside.

Several protesters tried to stop a bus full of children exiting the detention center. Witnesses say the bus eventually turned around. Unable to pass the wall of protestors.  

Local attorney Domingo Garcia and Omar Suleiman of Faith Forward Dallas, are both among a group of local North Texans who went down to the border to see the detention centers for themselves.

A group of about 20 democrats from Congress also toured the facility in McAllen, comparing the detention facilities to prisons and questioned the mental health of the children. They also spoke against the trump administration's "Zero-tolerance policy" calling it barbaric and traumatizing to the children.

President trump signed an executive order earlier in the week to end the policy of separating children from their parents who have crossed into the United States illegally, but protesters say there is still no plan on how to reunite those separated children with their families.

“They want to comply with the rules, they want to become a part of the American dream. When you see them labeled as animals, that we're ‘infesting’ America. That's how you dehumanize a group of people,” said Garcia.

Protesters say they want those children to know they are standing up for them.

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