O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
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Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018, in Tornillo, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas - Rep. Beto O'Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress have toured a remote tent city in West Texas where they say 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day.

The lawmakers urged the nonprofit running the facility not to renew a federal contract that expires at the end of the year. That would effectively shutter the facility, which was supposed to be temporary but is expanding and taking on a permanent feel.

O'Rourke has been mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate after nearly upsetting Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in deep-red Texas.

But he didn't mention White House aspirations after visiting Tornillo with U.S. Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Tina Smith of Minnesota, and California Rep. Judy Chu.

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