Political discussion has largely shifted to immigrant and the way that children who have illegally crossed the border are being housed.
Representative Carlos Curbelo, after touring one of the country’s largest compounds for the children, explained that it felt like a high school and not like the negative way that’s received airtime in the media.
The Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children currently houses 1,313 children whose ages range from 13-17, and 114 of those children have been separated from their parents. The rest are children that crossed the border without their parents.
In response to his time spent at the shelter, Curbelo explained that “The minors in this facility are being treated with great care and compassion. From everything I saw these adolescents are being treated with great care and all of their needs are being attended to.”
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The act of separating children from their parents has been a controversial discussion in recent weeks, and Curbelo along with other lawmakers in Washington have voiced their intention to end it.
The director of the facility informed Curbelo that 37 children that were once housed in that facility had reunited with their parents.
When asked if he had spoken to any of the children, Curbelo noted that he “had full access. They asked us not to interrogate the minors but they did encourage light conversation. I greeted a lot of the minors, I asked them how they felt and how they were being treated, and they were positive conversations.”