Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., lashed out at the Trump administration on Tuesday over a new border security spending bill, saying on CNN’s “New Day” that “How dare you torture children to try to get a compromise out of Democrats.”
“Hearing about children walking around in soiled diapers, hearing about children taking care of toddlers, you are talking about straight-up child abuse, and I think that this needs to be condemned internationally,” Rep. Bass said.
Bass, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, called it “a stain on our country” that family separation continues to happen on the southern border.
She agreed Congress needs to approve funds in connection to the situation, but said the Trump administration was depriving these children and forcing them to live in substandard conditions on purpose “to try to bring Democrats to the table to compromise on the border wall,” pointing out there was enough money to provide these children with soap, toothpaste and other basic necessities.
Bass emphasized Democrats “are fighting to make sure that these families are no longer separated, that the children are cared for, looking at how those resources are distributed is absolutely critical because they don’t want to give the Trump administration money that then they will allocate in some other direction.”
She said Democrats are trying to “make sure that the money goes toward the children, goes toward humanitarian efforts, and also doesn’t go for for-profit facilities. One of the things that we’re going to look at, at some point, is who is getting extremely rich off of this situation.”
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