Earlier this month Senator Jeff Merkley tried to see a Federal Government facility holding children separated from undocumented immigrant parents. Officials refused entry.

On Wednesday, MSNBC reporter Jacob Saboroff was among the first group of journalists allowed into the center in Brownsville, Texas, which has about 1,400 boys between ages 10 and 17. He summarizes, “It’s essentially a prison without cages or cells.”

The video features Soboroff’s account, followed by a Q&A between the reporter and Merkley providing further information and concerns: