A member of congress from South Florida is demanding answers, saying migrant families are still being separated. And on Friday, South Florida officials toured a facility for unaccompanied minors located in a local community.
Miami state senator Annette Taddeo was in Cutler Bay Friday delivering toys to a shelter housing unaccompanied children.
She then toured another facility in Homestead, along with several other Florida lawmakers.
“I did witness one girl talking on the phone. She was wiping away tears and that was for me the moment where it was very difficult to watch,” said Taddeo.
“About 100 of the children were separated from their families. We have confirmed today that the process of reunification has begun, 37 children have left this facility to be reunited with their parents,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo.
The Homestead facility is accommodating about 1,300 children in all. Most children came to the country without adult supervision.
While those officials toured the facility, South Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz hosted a roundtable with immigration advocates, exchanging information on processes, policies and the issue of children separated from their families.
“I can tell you Venezuelans are being routinely taken into custody upon arrival at a port of entry based on the belief that they are going to come here and stay here,” said Rnady McGrorty of Catholic Legal Services.