Cummings on migrant child detention: ‘None of us would have our children in that position.’

Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., talks with an aide during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building where members of Congress testified about their trip to the border of the U.S. and Mexico on Friday, July 12, 2019. The hearing was titled "The Trump Administration's Child Separation Policy: Substantiated Allegations of Mistreatment." Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform convened Thursday to question acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan about children held in migrant detention facilities and border security.

In an intense exchange, committee Chairman Rep. Elijah E. Cummings questioned McAleenan about his department’s transparency on the state of the facilities holding migrant children. “We are the United States of America, we are the greatest country in the world. We are the ones that can go anywhere in the world and save people,” Cummings said.

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