Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Trump’s Administration has now taken children from their parents, locked them up in cages, and shot them with tear gas. This is vile.
“These families are seeking asylum. That is not a crime, and turning them away is not who we are as a country. We have been a land of those who have sought refuge and opportunity — a beacon of hope and freedom. We must not turn a blind eye now.
“This is the Republican Party of 2018. Donald Trump tears at the fabric of our nation and Texas Republicans dare not utter a word. Senator John Cornyn and Governor Greg Abbott will say nothing. Senator Ted Cruz and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will likely inflame. And taking their cues from their leaders, Texas Republicans will either duck their heads or applaud this atrocity.
“The American people voted for change and change is coming to Congress. Republicans will be held accountable.”