Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) played the audio recording obtained by ProPublica of migrant children crying in a detention center after being separated from their parents Friday on the House floor. Lieu got reprimanded with a "breach of decorum" for the stunt.
"If the Statue of Liberty could cry, she would be crying today," Lieu said as he introduced the audio. "As I stand here there are 2,300 babies and kids who are ripped away from their parents by our government and are in detention facilities across America."
"Imagine being ripped away from your mother or father and not knowing if you’re ever going to see them again, and then being placed in a detention facility with strangers. Imagine the horror and fear you will see doing that. What must that sound like?" he asked.
Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), who was presiding over the House, slapped him with a "breach of decorum" charge for playing an audio clip on the floor. However, Lieu protested that there is no such rule, ignored her and continued to play the clip for several minutes.
"The gentleman is in breach of decorum," she said after a portion of the clip was aired.
"There is no rule in the House that says I cannot play sounds from the detention facility," he shot back.
"Why are we hiding this from the American people?" Lieu asked.
"I think the American people need to hear this," he added.