Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Tonight, our hearts ache for the families of the children who died on US soil in the custody of our federal government.
“Five children are dead because of the Trump Administration. This is something that should never happen in the United States of America. No child should ever die in our care — especially after fleeing persecution, gang violence, rape, and murder.
“Ranging from ages 2 to 16, the treatment that these border children have had to endure is unimaginable and unconscionable. We’ve seen the Trump Administration separate these children from their parents, lock them in cages, and force them to sleep on rocks for no reason other than to be cruel.
“Now, Texas elected officials have a choice: continue to back Trump’s unjust and inhumane policies or work with Democrats to provide asylum for these kids and allow them the basic care that every child deserves. It’s time to put and end to the Trump-Cornyn border plan and time to stop using children as political pawns, before another child dies.
“It’s long past time for a new president and a new, humane border policy.”