Michigan lawmakers visit migrant children, vow to put politics aside
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle joined together to send a message Thursday.
The message was that the issue involving migrant children shouldn’t be about politics; therefore, it should solely be about the children.
“Go see a four-year-old child sitting at a table, drawing a picture of a turtle, wondering where his mom is,” Representative Dan Kildee said. “Politics is the last thing on your mind."
Four politicians toured the Bethany Christian Services building Thursday, where dozens of children who were separated from their parents at the border, are being cared for.
"Obviously, we're not going to agree on everything,” Kildee said. “But we all agree these children ought to be reunited."
Michigan Congressmen Dan Kildee was joined by Congressman Bill Huizenga and Debbie Dingell.
The Michigan lawmakers were also joined by Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan.
While it isn't the ideal situation, lawmakers commended Bethany Christian Services for their work
"The quality of care, I think, is something to be emphasized,” Huizenga said.
Dingell called the workers ‘angels’.
But all of them said it shouldn't have gotten to this point.
"The gaze of these kids is just penetrating,” Kildee said. “This is not who we are as a country."
The sole republican in attendance Congressmen Huizenga said this isn't the right way to do things.
He said there's a better solution.
"I want to make sure the border integrity that we need to have is part of that solution,” he added.
All in all, the representatives had the same mission.
It was to put politics aside and do right by these children.
"Clearly going in there, the first thought was how do we get this kid back with mom or dad,” Kildee said.
All the politicians said, upon leaving, they agreed there needs to be a change in policy.
"We all care about our kids,” Dingell said. “We got to stop this policy of tearing families a part."
As for when or if these children will be reunited with their parents, that is unknown.
But lawmakers said they’re going to do what they can as far as legislation to see a better ending for these children.