Norcross joins effort to make visiting detained migrant children easier

He's co-sponsoring a bill to end the waiting period for Congress to inspect shelters.

David Madden
June 29, 2018 - 2:18 pm
Donald Norcross

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Last week, South Jersey Congressman Donald Norcross, D-Camden, attempted to visit three children separated from their parents and housed in a Camden shelter as part of President Trump's "zero tolerance" program to combat illegal immigration.

He was turned away at the time. Now he's co-sponsoring legislation to combat that.

Norcross was informed by Health and Human Services that he could check on the kids in two weeks. He says at least a half-dozen congressional colleagues across the country have been told the same thing — and it's unacceptable.

"The Trump administration policy to detain immigrant children is immoral and un-American," Norcross said on Friday.  "We need to ensure these children are reunited with their families."

He insists last week's incident was not a public relations stunt, and no reporters were with him when he attempted to see the kids at a shelter run by the Center for Family Services under a government contract. In fact, he plans to return there next week to see the children.

But Norcross has also signed on to the Restoring Oversight for Members of Congress Act, along with 30 others and authored by Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro. It would eliminate the waiting period for Congress to inspect shelters receiving federal money.