Video chats on Skype from a Camden detention center has been the only lifeline for a child separated from his family as he tried to cross the border into the United States.
Rep. Donald Norcross, D, 1st, said he wasn't sure what to expect of the conditions for children being held in New Jersey after they were separated from their families as a result of stepped up border enforcement by the Trump administration.
The federal government wouldn't let him in for the past two weeks.
He had tried to visit a site run by the Center for Family Services with no success. When he finally got in Monday, he immediately reported what he saw.
"I wanted to make sure these kids were being held in an appropriate manner, one that is worthy of being called an American system," Norcross said during an afternoon news conference from the downtown Camden headquarters of the center. "After holding us back for two weeks, they never showed up."