Source: Emily Zanotti
MSNBC reported Tuesday that several Democrats vying for the party’s 2020 nomination will attempt to hold a press conference or conduct a photo call at one of the border patrol’s busiest detention facility, the Homestead, Florida, detention center for unaccompanied minors, ahead of Wednesday’s primary debate in Miami.
The Homestead Temporary Shelter For Unaccompanied Children has been the focus of a number of pro-immigrant protests since the summer of 2018, when the Trump Administration was holding minor children, separated from their parents under the Administration’s then-policy, at the south Florida facility.
As of mid-June, an estimated 3,000 immigrant children are being held at the facility awaiting adjudication on asylum claims, pro-immigrant groups have demanded that the children there be released to family members already residing in the United States or into the custody of temporary care-givers and child advocates, but as with other asylum-seekers waiting at the border, the Customs and Border Protection is slowly working through Homestead’s residents’ applications and assigning hearing dates.
Sensing an opportunity to grandstand on the issue, apparently, MSNBC reports that Democratic 2020 contenders will try to pay a visit to the facility as early as Tuesday even though its unlikely they’ll be allowed in.
“The facility behind me is a federal facility,” MSNBC’s Cal Perry reported Tuesday. “Later today you will see presidential candidates arriving here, members of Congress, they will try to get into the facility and they will be denied access. It’s clearly something — ”
Indeed, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was the first to show up Tuesday afternoon.