State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) toured a suburban facility this week after learning the center was used to house migrant children taken from their families at the border.

While a majority of the residents are unaccompanied minors who crossed the border, the center did take in an unknown number of children separated from their families after the Trump administration ordered the prosecution of every adult who crossed the border illegally.

“Families should never be separated,” Morrison said. “And while the children I witnessed seemed well cared for, it brings no solace that there were children here without their mothers and fathers and extended families because of the actions of the Trump White House and the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

More than 2,300 children were separated at the border under Trump’s orders earlier this year. A federal judge in June required the federal government to reunite separated families, giving authorities 30 days to act.

As of yesterday, 541 children across the nation remain separated.

“We know this is not we who are as a country,” Morrison said.