As first reported by the Miami New Times, the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children was reopened under the Trump administration recently. Previously, the Obama administration used the compound to house unaccompanied migrant children – the average stay was about a month.
Heading to Homestead, Florida tomorrow to check on the roughly 1,000 migrant children reportedly being held there. The Trump administration needs to stop this inhumane policy of separating families at the border immediately – we, as a society, are better than this!— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) June 18, 2018
But it's currently unclear whether the children being detained in Homestead are just unaccompanied minors who entered the country without their parents or also children who were taken from their families under the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy. The policy forcefully separates undocumented immigrant families who are detained – nearly 2,000 minors were separated from their adult guardians between April 19 and the end of May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
widely condemned after U.S. Customs and Border Protection released videos and photos showing children and adults held in cages and sleeping on mattresses on the floor at a Texas immigration processing center.
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