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Reporters from multiple news organizations got their first glimpse of life inside a detention center for migrant children in Texas, and what they saw prompted one reporter to compare the facility to jail.

Images of an immigrant child detention center show the conditions in which almost 1,500 undocumented migrant boys are being sheltered in Brownsville, Texas.

Top Photo | A mural featuring President Donald Trump greets children, many of whom have been forcibly separated from their parents, when they arrive at an immigrant detention center in Brownsville, Texas.

Republican Rep. Will Hurd said Saturday that after touring a center in his Texas district where migrant children were being held "makes it very clear that in the home of the free and land of the courageous, we should not be using kids as a deterrent policy".

"When you see reporters, when you see Democrats saying, 'Don't separate kids from their parents, ' what they're really saying is don't arrest illegal aliens", Cruz said Monday. It is run by Southwest Key Programs, a social services nonprofit under contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), whose district includes the Tornillo area, sponsored legislation in 2016 to name the port of entry there for Marcelino Serna, the most-decorated Texas soldier in World War I. Serna joined the Army in 1917 to avoid deportation to his native Mexico.

The children receive three meals a day and two snacks. Children were only allowed to leave the complex for two hours each day, and some of them spent time inside watching the Disney animated film "Moana" and learning about U.S. history, Soboroff reported.

One DHS official said the past practice of releasing parents who illegally crossed the border pending a court hearing only created incentives to break the law. Lights go out at 9 p.m., and the children eat on rotating shifts. Once cleared, the boys stay at Casa Padre for an average of 49 days.

The government tour came after Jeff Merkley, a Democrat US senator, showed up outside and was refused access. Soboroff reported his observations and some pictures of the facility in a lengthy Twitter threat Wednesday night.

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