U.S. Rep. Will Hurd took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to ask that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release the children who are currently being held at the Tornillo tent city.
The Republican congressman said the department has no plans for the thousands of immigrant children currently being detained at the facility.
“Just got off the phone with management at Tornillo tent facility. Contract set to end Dec 31 but @HHSGov has no plan for 2800 kids,” Hurd tweeted. “@HHSGov stop intentionally delaying the release of 1300 kids to family members who have already submitted finger prints.
“.@HHSGov then speed up the processing for the 1100 kids who have sponsors but are waiting to schedule fingerprinting,” he added in second tweet.
“.@HHSGov then work with the home governments of the remaining 400 kids to find a family member in their home country,” the third tweet said.
“We are the United States of America… we are better than this,” the final tweet said.
Hurd was one of the first congressmen to visit the facility earlier this year.