The panel on The Five reacted Monday to Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley being denied entry to a facility that reportedly was housing unaccompanied illegal alien minors.

Merkley claimed the facility is an example of cruelty toward migrant children. The senator was seen on video asking a staff member why he was being kept outside.

Juan Williams said Merkley had a "legitimate" reason as a U.S. Senator to see what was going on inside the facility.

"You're separating children from their mothers and fathers," he said.

Jesse Watters disagreed, saying the facility is the result of a law that dates back to the Clinton administration.


Judge Nap: SCOTUS Ruling in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case Is 'Dangerous'

'This Could Be a Race': Stirewalt on Whether NJ Dem Sen. Menendez Is More Vulnerable Than Expected


"If you're a family and you show up at a legal port of entry in this country, you will not be separated," he said, adding that the facility is likely for people who came across the border illegally.

He added that federal authorities are doing the responsible thing in case the children are being trafficked -- saying that it isn't always clear if any adult accompanying a minor is actually the biological parent.

"This is offensive," Williams replied. "I don't think you treat children that way."

Greg Gutfeld said that Merkley's trip was a case of "desperation" against President Donald Trump's federal immigration policy crackdown.

He said it is the latest in a series of situations that included false claims of illegal immigrant children being "lost" by authorities and coverage of a bus that was outfitted with carseats.

"All this is... about safety and deterrence," he said.

Tyler Houlton, a Department of Homeland Security official said in a statement obtained by Fox News' Jake Gibson that "we appreciate the senator's interest in the subject and are happy to provide him with an understanding of the immigration process: DHS follows the laws passed by Congress and processes alien children safely and humanely."

"At 2pm on a Friday, the Senator asked to visit a secure DHS facility over the weekend where children are present and we worked with him to provide him access.  This presented obvious and serious privacy concerns – not to mention disrupting operations. He was able to visit the facility on Sunday," Houlton said.


'What Happens in this Book Could Happen': Author James Patterson on Presidential Thriller Written With Bill Clinton

Report: University of Michigan Paying $8.4M Annually for Nearly 100 Diversity Staffers