WATCH: Angry Lawmakers Demand Answers and Access at New Jersey ICE Detention Facility
On Sunday, a group of angry lawmakers from New York and New Jersey demanded access — and answers — at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
In video captured by CNN and posted to their Facebook page, lawmakers are seen pounding on the Plexiglass and demanding the staffer on the other side get a supervisor.
The staffer attempts to tape a piece of paper to the plexiglass to obscure the camera’s view and thwart the lawmakers’ efforts.
The lawmakers, though, were not about to give up.
“You did wrong. You were doing fine up until now. Now you did wrong. What is…this is America. This isn’t Moscow!” one of the lawmakers shouts.
Police were called but the group, led by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, was eventually allowed into the facility, according to the New York Post and CNN’s reports.
Cameras and cell phones were not allowed in the room when the seven lawmakers met with five, male detainees.
Rep. Albio Sires, who immigrated from Cuba as a child, called the whole experience inside the ICE facility as “heartwrenching.”
“It was heart-wrenching in there. I came here when I was 11,” Sires said, according to the NY Post. “It is a different country than when I came here. What I saw in there was inhumane.”
Other New York and New Jersey lawmakers in attendance included Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Adriano Espaillat.
Watch above, via CNN.
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