Lawmakers tour South Florida migrant teen camp, want policy shift

Congressional Democrats from Florida and Texas on Tuesday toured a migrant camp, where they said children are being held for too long in a place that has a “prison-like” feeling.

The lawmakers held a news conference after visiting a facility in Homestead, Florida. They pledged to work for children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to reunite with their families already in the U.S. The Democrats say those who cross with siblings, aunts or uncles should remain together.

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell says she met a girl who was separated from her aunt and had been at the center for nine months. Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, the chairman of the Hispanic caucus, was part of the delegation.

“What we saw today as we visited the facility was very troubling. It had a prison-like feeling,” said Mucarsel-Powell, whose district includes Homestead, a Miami suburb.