Republican Congressman Michael Burgess of Texas had an adversarial appearance on MSNBC with Chris Hayes on Monday night, as he clashed with the host over the treatment of children at migrant camps.
The host asked Burgess what he thought about the detention centers where reports have shed light on the disturbing conditions that children are enduring. Last week, the Associated Press described gut-wrenching images, like an 8-year-old trying to convince a 4-year-old with matted hair to take a shower inside the facility.
Burgess said that he hadn’t been to the facility described by the AP before suggesting that the reporters fictionalized the center. The Republican told Hayes, “The hatred for this president is so intense, that people are liable to say anything.”
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But in one of the more outrageous moments later in the interview, Burgess described another center that is a restored Walmart.
“There’s not a lock on the door, any child is free to leave at any time, but they don’t,” the congressman said. He went on to say that since children aren’t walking out of these facilities, that’s evidence that they are being well taken care of.
Burgess then tried to spin the interview into Trump territory saying, “I also understand the intense hatred for this administration; but you know what, he’s going to be your president for another four years after this.”
Hayes shot back, “Whether that’s true or not, my focus is more on children with lice crawling through their head at a U.S. facility.” But Burgess claimed, “Those children arrived there with the lice and they are properly cared for.”
Congress is currently locked in an immigration battle and Trump said over the weekend that he is giving them “two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”