’You cannot imagine how awful it is to be there,’ the boy said of his nine-month separation by U.S. immigration officials.
The refusal by the two firms to take on a yearlong contract came one day before Trump announced the end of family separation.
The governor declared that only Congress can fix family separations shortly before the president ended the policy.
The move by Sheriff Richard Wiles marks a growing chorus of local law enforcement across Texas that is critical of the federal family separation policy.
House speaker Joe Straus asks President Trump to stop the policy, while State Representative César Blanco asks Abbott to cease National Guard deployment.
Texas congressman Will Hurd visits a new detention center and rips Trump's family separation policy.
Clashing decisions by federal judges could allow Trump to deport 700,000 undocumented immigrants protected by the program.
The move comes as immigrant apprehensions climb to levels not seen since the end of the Obama administration.
They had entered the U.S. illegally, seeking asylum from an abusive home, and were completely unaware they would be separated.
Constitutional scholar Ted Cruz says he has no idea whether President Trump can pardon himself.