Sen. Jeff Merkley on Trump: ‘He Has Chosen a Very, Very Dark Path’ – RollingStone.com
Your trip to a Texas detention center helped raise awareness of the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents. What made you go?
I started to see references to a new policy of taking children away from their parents. I thought, “This can’t be right.” I just couldn’t envision that any leadership team of the United States would think that this was a good idea. I really went down there with the belief that I was going to discover that there wasn’t a significant change in policy or in practice. What I immediately found, in my very first stop at the processing center, was absolutely shocking.
What did you see?
I stopped in front of a cage that had a large number of young boys lining up by height in preparation for going through a food line. The smallest was just knee-high to a grasshopper, maybe 4 or 5 years old. Many of the folks in that line were young boys who had been taken away from their parents just within the preceding hours. [I realized] this is totally real. This is completely happening. It just overwhelmed me what a dark and evil thing was happening.