Trump admin closes Homestead immigration detention center
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Trump admin closes Homestead immigration detention center


House Democrats have been fighting to get the Homestead children detention center closed, and their efforts have paid off.

The Miami Herald has reported that all the children at the center have now been moved, and the center is all but closed, with 1,200 empty beds remaining to house detainees in case of an emergency.

With moving those 4,000 children, some 400 employees were laid off on Friday, and another 4,000 are expected to meet the same fate. The facility is closed, but the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the center, will keep a skeleton crew on to “maintain the property.”

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Rep. Donna Shalala (D) called the closing of the center “bittersweet” and called the “racist” Trump administration of “undermining our country’s values.”

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Just last week, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) toured the facility and later reiterated her support for the center to be closed.

Mucarsel-Powell, who has visited the Homestead facility seven times, says that the living conditions had not changed since she first visited the detention center.

 “The only difference is the amount of kids being detained,” said Mucarsel-Powell “We are holding kids in a prison-like facility. None of you would want to send your children to this facility as a summer camp.”

HHS may move the children to Central Florida, Los Angeles, or Virginia, but also said that they were considering other permanent detention locations in Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, and San Antonio.


Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at Email him at [email protected]

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