Congresswomen Denied Access to Homestead Detention Facility

Three South Florida Democrats are fighting to gain access to the Homestead facility where thousands of migrant children are being held.

Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and Donna Shalala were turned away when they tried entering the facility Monday morning.

Wasserman Schultz says she wrote the law that allows members of Congress to enter and inspect facilities like this one at any time.

The three Democrats say the needs of the children are not being met and they are being kept on site for too long. They say the law means unaccompanied minors should be housed for up to 20 days, but many are kept in crowded rooms for up to six-months.

There are more children housed at the Homestead facility than attend nearby Homestead High School.

All three women say they are returning to Washington to talk to lawyers and figure out how they can properly get access to the site for a tour.

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