Menendez says he was also turned away from migrant processing facility:

Menendez says he was also turned away from migrant processing facility:

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Monday said that his team was also denied a tour of a migrant processing facility one day after Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said he was barred entry from a detention center in Texas.

“This is outrageous. Sec. Nielsen owes us answers,” Menendez tweeted — referring to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — while adding a link to Merkley’s tweet about being denied entrance to a detention center.

“My team was also barred from touring a migrant processing facility where families are being separated,” the senator added. “When the elected representatives of the people can’t observe how our government is operating, we’re in an upside down world.”

Senator Bob Menendez

@SenatorMenendez

This is outrageous. Sec. Nielsen owes us answers. My team was also barred from touring a migrant processing facility where families are being separated.

When the elected representatives of the people can’t observe how our government is operating, we’re in an upside down world. https://twitter.com/SenJeffMerkley/status/1003444959905746944 

The incident comes amid growing criticism of the Trump administration’s enforcement of a policy that separates undocumented children and parents, including those seeking asylum. The policy has been called an attempt to deter migrant parents from coming to the U.S.

Merkley on Sunday was turned away from an immigrant detention center in Texas which he said was housing immigrant children.

In a live stream of the event, he is seen introducing himself to guards outside the detention building and asking for permission to enter.

“I was barred entry. Asked repeatedly to speak to a supervisor—he finally came out and said he can’t tell us anything. Police were called on us,” Merkley said in a tweet.

Senator Jeff Merkley@SenJeffMerkley

I was barred entry. Asked repeatedly to speak to a supervisor—he finally came out and said he can’t tell us anything. Police were called on us.

Children should never be ripped from their families & held in secretive detention centers. RT if you agree this is WRONG.

The two events come shortly after it was reported that federal authorities lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children that the Department of Health and Human Services placed with sponsors.

HHS pushed back on those reports saying that the allegations that the children were lost are “completely false.”

BY LUIS SANCHEZ – 

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