“We came today to say we will shut this down because this does not have to be this way. These children can be processed and sent to foster care, they can be processed and sent to next of kin, aunts, grandmothers, people in the community who know them and that’s what we are fighting for today,” said Frederica Wilson in an unhinged and rambling rant.
She ripped Trump in the video below and wait for it…blamed Trump for people losing respect for Congress. Look, I am not sure where Federica has been but she should go back, immediately because this is just nuts.
Congress is wildly unpopular and has been for darn near ever. Polls routinely say Congress’ approval numbers hover in the 20% range, and that is both parties.
No, Frederica, you and your buddies have debased Congress far more than Trump ever could.
From The Washington Examiner: Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson asserted that people who mock members of Congress online should face prosecution.
“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone think that is unacceptable [sic],” Wilson said during comments made Tuesday outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Florida.
“We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted,” she continued. “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”
ProPublica on Monday publicized posts made by Border Patrol agents in a private Facebook group that disparaged migrants and some members of Congress, such as Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Wilson then went on to blame President Trump for causing people to lose respect for Congress, the media, and the White House.
A May 2019 Gallup poll recorded a 20% approval rating for Congress, whose approval rating has not hit 30% in 10 years.
From CBS: Joining Wilson was fellow South Florida Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27), Rep. Bennie Thompson (MA-02), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Rep Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Rep. Katherine Clark (MA-05), Rep. John Lewis (GA-05) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04).
After the tour, the delegation said the children are being kept too long and not getting the education they deserve.
“This administration has shown a blatant disregard for the mental and physical health of children in custody. They’re spending weeks, and even months, in detention conditions that are tantamount to living under house arrest. We are upset about it,” said Wilson.
“We came today to say we will shut this down because this does not have to be this way. These children can be processed and sent to foster care, they can be processed and sent to next of kin, aunts, grandmothers, people in the community who know them and that’s what we are fighting for today,” she added.
Wilson said she’s heard the horror stories about the deplorable conditions at the migrant facilities along the southern border, she was pleased to see that wasn’t happening here. But she did have concerns.
“While these children here seem to be looked after in a clean environment, their physical appearance is not always a gauge for their mental health. So we have to be careful,” she said.
“I came here to learn. I have been deeply moved by what I have seen, what I have observed, and I will go back to Washington D.C. within the next few days much more determined to hold onto something that I have been believing in for some time. That when you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to say something, you have to do something,” said Rep. Lewis.
Wilson added there was one thing they didn’t see on their tour.
“I came specifically looking for girls. Where are the girls? I did not see the girls. So I am not prepared to leave this facility until I see the girls. Until the girls can look me in my face and say ‘I am okay, I am being taken care of, I know how to get my feminine products’. I am not leaving this facility today even if I have to spend the night, even if I have to spend two days, I am prepared to stay until I see the girls,” she said.
Rep. Frederica Wilson at the Homestead migrant detention facility in Florida: "I am not prepared to leave this facility until I see the girls, until the girls can look me in my face and say, 'I am okay, I am being taken care of.'"
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 2, 2019