CBS THIS MORNING's Gayle King Leads CBS News' Coverage from Texas
CBS News' Gayle King led CBS THIS MORNING on-the-ground coverage today from Texas on the ongoing battle over the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy in dealing with migrant families being separated after crossing the border. King was joined on the coverage from Texas by David Begnaud and Mireya Villarreal.
King and CBS News team's ongoing coverage from Texas will continue throughout the day on CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 digital streaming news network and on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH JEFF GLOR (6:30 PM) on the CBS Television Network.
CBS News coverage featured King's interviews with Manuel Padilla, chief of the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Customs and Border Protection, with Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, with families of detainees, and with Dr. Colleen Craft.
"I know this is complicated for you and your team, but what PEOPLE ARE TALKING about is cruel and inhuman behavior, is how it's perceived," King said to Padilla. "Do you actually agree with this policy?"
"I do agree that we have to do something. We created this situation by not doing anything," Padilla said. "So what happened with zero tolerance is, we were exempting a population from the law. And what happens when you do that, it creates a draw for a certain group of people that rises to trends that become a crisis."
Asked about reports that parents were being given no information about their children after they've been separated.
"That's misinformation that is out there," Padilla replied. "There's a story about removing a child from a breast-feeding mother - absolutely not true. Every family member gets a sheet with information to keep track of their child, to get information where that child is, and they're all reunited at the end."
Watch King's interview with Padilla HERE
Begnaud delivered a report on his first-hand experience inside an area where migrant children and families are being detained. And Villarreal reported from the Texas border where migrant children are being held in a tent city.
"All I can say after talking to people, watching the people, listening to the people that Statue of Liberty, I think, is weeping right now," King reported. "It's unbelievable the stories we've heard."
King arrived in Texas Sunday and immediately began reporting.
"When you're in these facilities," King told CBS THIS MORNING Co-Host Norah O'Donnell. "What you see are parents who care about their kids. These are all people who just say, we just want a better life."
Ryan Kadro is the executive producer of CBS THIS MORNING and CBS THIS MORNING:SATURDAY.