"We can talk about new proposals and legislation but current law allows them to go through the legal process for asylum. Many of them that I spoke to were here on our soil asking for asylum. Many had family members already here that they could connect to while they wait for them to go through the legal process. We don't need new laws. We need morality. We need an administration that understands there are human rights violations happening. This is about an ideology that this administration has adopted. An ideology that others are less than."
"As soon as we touched their hands, as soon as we looked at them in the eye, they broke down because at that moment they'd never have felt this like human connection, people, it was demoralizing, dehumanizing that at that moment just the mere showing above the mere showing that someone cared about them brought the problem down to tears. We are creating a generation of children that will never forget what we did to them. This type of trauma can't go away with any new proposal. This kind of trauma will live on for decades and centuries in our country. And no amount of apology Mr. Chairman, we always want to apologize after, no amount of apology is going to make up for what we did to a whole generation. These are children that are going to be 16, 17, 18 years old and are gonna remember exactly what the United States of America did to them."
House Democrats on Wednesday decried President Donald Trump's treatment of Asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib saying there were human rights violations happening in detention facilities.
Lawmakers visiting border detention facilities over the past week, including Tlaib and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have delivered grave reports of migrant children and families being held in dire conditions.
"We don't need new laws. We need morality. We need an administration that understands there are human rights violations happening," Tlaib said through tears at a news conference.
"This is about an ideology that this administration has adopted. An ideology that others are less than."
Liberals say the border-funding battle was exactly the kind of fight the House should be waging against the Trump administration.