‘The American people need to hear this’: Lieu

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Congressman Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, plays audio of what he claims to be children crying in a detention facility.

Congressman Ted Lieu, a California Democrat, drew a rebuke on the House floor on Friday (June 22) when he played audio of what he claimed to be children crying in a detention facility.

Lieu was speaking from the floor, alongside a poster of what appeared to be a Defense Department handout image of children on the floor of a detention center.

He was interrupted several times with readings of the rules and orders to suspend.

“The gentleman will suspend. Rule 17 of the House prohibits the use of that device,” a woman said.

Lieu persisted and defended playing the audio, saying, “2,300 babies and kids in detention facilities were ripped away from their parents. I think the American people need to hear this.”

The incident came as Republicans in Congress struggled to reach consensus on immigration legislation and as the White House grappled with fierce criticism over an administration policy that has separated more than 2,300 children from their migrant parents at the U.S. border with Mexico.

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