Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall is returning from a visit to the Texas border saying that several hundred immigrant children detained in a center there are getting good care.
Marshall traveled Saturday to the El Paso area as part of a bipartisan congressional group to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and to tour a center holding 400 young immigrants near the Tornillo port of entry. The immigrants are mostly teenage boys and housed in tent-like structures.
The Kansas Republican spent 90 minutes at the center and described it as a camp providing good food and medical care. He said he played soccer with some of the children.
He said 26 children were separated from their parents during a recent crackdown on illegal border crossings.
Marshall said he hopes his visit today will help both sides of the border.
“Now I’m looking at the situation here, what can we do with immigration reform policy that can help these kids I saw today. What’s the right thing to do? I think we both border security and a conservative heart, a compassionate heart. So I gotta put these pieces together.”