'Depth of the horror of family separation is unknown,' says congresswoman in border district

PHOTO: Two young mothers from Honduras and their respective children are detained by United States Border Patrol after rafting across the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border on June 25, 2018, in Granjeno, Texas.PlayThe Washington Post via Getty Images, FILE
WATCH More migrant children separated from parents at border than previously believed

Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, said she and her constituents suspected the initial numbers the government was providing about child separations were inaccurate.

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“We knew the numbers were greater. We kept asking for information. We kept asking for transparency,” she said on ABC News’ The Debrief. "Of course, none of that happened."

Her reaction comes on the heels of a federal report that stated more children were separated at the border than originally estimated.

Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of the department of homeland security, has defended the so-called zero-tolerance and said it was never U.S. policy to separate children.

On Thursday, a spokesman for DHS said the department was looking at every option.

“The Trump administration has made clear that all legal options are on the table to enforce the rule of law, rein in mass unchecked illegal immigration, and defend our borders," said a spokeswoman in an emailed statement.

Still, Escobar does not feel confident the American public is getting the complete truth.

“I think the depth of the horror of family separation is unknown,” she said.

Watch the video above for the full segment.