Democratic New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler interrupted the beginning of a Tuesday hearing with Inspector General Michael Horowitz to express his displeasure with border detention centers.
CLIP: @RepJerryNadler interrupts hearing to protest the separation of immigrant families from their children at the southern border. Protesters also interrupt the hearing following his statement.
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“Mr. Chairman before we hear from the inspector general, I feel compelled to say something that is happening that is a more immediate priority,” Rep. Nadler stated.
“We have all seen the pictures of immigrant children ripped apart from their parents at the border,” the New York Democrat continued. “These children are not animals, they are not bargaining chips, they are not leverage to help President Trump build his wall.”
As he continued, Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy can be heard trying to restore order.
“They are children who have been forcibly removed from their parents in our name. Every day they are separated from their parents is a day we do irreparable harm to their health and wellbeing,” he said before yielding back to the chairman.
Multiple people in the gallery were then removed from the hearing after protesting.