Rep. Frederica Wilson (D., Fla.) said that facilities used to detain illegal immigrant children separated from their parents are run entirely by "white men."
Wilson's comments came in response to a question from CNN host Alisyn Camerota about the condition adolescent girls in these centers, during a Wednesday appearance on New Day.
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"Every day they're bringing in new children from the border, so there's no real plan to exit these children out of this facility, but there's a real plan to bring them there because they said to us, ‘We're going to add permanent structures.' Now they're in tents, and it is so sad," Wilson said, before continuing her analysis of the facility's workforce.
"I said to one of the workers, who were all white men, no Hispanic men, no Hispanic women," she said. "Everyone running this institution are white men. I said to one of them, ‘I feel so sorry for these kids.' He said, ‘We treat them well.' I said, ‘I mean, I feel sorry for them because you have taken them from their parents.' he said, ‘Oh, because we treat them well.'"
Wilson noted that she thinks keeping so many young women in close proximity to men of other ages is "very dangerous."
"This place needs to be shut down," she said.
Wilson has recently called for the prosecution of people who make fun of members of Congress, saying "We're gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted."