Morning Joe: Bill Pascrell on what he saw at Elizabeth Detention Center (video)

Today, a Hunterdon friend asked a progressive group for suggestions how to convince Republicans in her circle that Trump’s policy of separating families is wrong. She got a hail of response that mostly added up to: You can’t. They have no decency. They’re unreachable.

Well, I’m on her team. Keeping the lines of communication open with people who see things differently, and vote the opposite of you, is important. Former First Lady Laura Bush’s Sunday op-ed is helping. Biggest pullouts:

“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”

“Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”  Laura Bush, writing at Washington Post (note: Jeb Bush now echoes)

Locked in / locked out: On the other side of the aisle, as you now know, Rep. Bill Pascrell and 6 other members of Congress (also Pallone and Sires, plus 4 from NY) made a surprise visit to Elizabeth Detention Center Sunday. They were denied entry until after an hour of waiting, banged on the door demanding to be let in. On Morning Joe this AM, Pascrell and NY congressman Hakeem Jeffries on what they saw:

Brief ad before video. Pascrell begins at mark 1:35.

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