WASHINGTON - Rep. Don Beyer visited a detention facility in Anne Arundel County in Maryland on Tuesday where Immigration and Customs Enforcement are detaining immigrants who have entered the country illegally, some of which have been separated from their children at the border.
Beyer (D-Va.) met with two men from Honduras, Carlos and Mario, whose last names he is withholding to protect their identities. Both men were separated from their children, ages 7 and 5 respectively, at the border. It took months before they could speak to them or found out where they were, according to Beyer.
The children are now in foster care.
"Both of these men spent most of the hour with us crying, talking about how worried they were for their children who had been ripped away from them," Beyer said.
Beyer added, "You could tell the intense grief that both had that they were not with their children."
The congressman posted a video on his Twitter page of his reaction to the stories of the fathers. He is asking the Trump administration to end the family separations that have been happening since the administration's zero-tolerance policy went into effect.
Today I visited an ICE detention facility outside Baltimore with @Call_Me_Dutch.— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) June 19, 2018
There we spoke for an hour with two fathers, Carlos and Mario, who had been separated from their children, a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, for months.
What they told us was so disturbing: pic.twitter.com/MZTifSlKzc
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are outraged over the policy. On Tuesday, 12 Republican senators called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pause the separations at the border until Congress can create legislation to keep the families together.