Thirty miles south of where Elizabeth Warren will hold the first of two presidential debates on Wednesday night, the Massachusetts senator climbed a ladder to look over a chain-link fence that includes a detention center for young migrants.
From their point of view, Warren said a sprawling campus with massive white tents, metal trailers and a soccer field – organized in simple rows, the children and young adults housed at the Homestead, Florida facility.
"These were children who were marched as if they were soldiers – as if they were prisoners – from one place to another," Warren said. "This is not what we should do as a country. These children did not commit a crime. These children are not a threat. "
The facility, operated by Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., a private, for-profit corporation, has become a backdrop for Democratic presidents opposing Donald Trump's immigration policy in Miami a city known as the capital of Latin America ", where more than 70% of the population is of Spanish descent. It is located in Florida, one of the most important battlefield states in the country. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar arrived on the spot shortly after Warren's departure, and Jane Sanders, the wife of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, also joined protesters on Wednesday. Democratic hopefuls Beto O'Rourke and author Marianne Williamson should visit us later this week. Californian Congressman Eric Swallwell documented his visit here on Monday : "These children need a home, NOT a private prison," he said on Twitter.
Their visits were made after photos of a father and his toddler had been released. They drowned face down in the Rio Grande as they tried to cross the border to seek asylum in the United States and were reappeared informed of the conditions under which children are held at border surveillance stations near the border. Lawyers who visited the facilities said that children were kept without adequate food, water or basic sanitary needs such as toothpaste and soap.
"What happens to children at Homestead – what happens is the direct result of United States activities The state government is wrong," Warren told a sweaty group of activists and reporters. "It is a blemish in our country, and we must speak out for it."
Warren, who wore a hat labeled "Home Instead" praised her plan to ban private, profit-prone prisons and detention centers. =
The senator was not to visit the facility, but added the stopover after hearing of activists outside their Miami town hall on Tuesday night.
Jane Sanders told the Guardian it was "heartbreaking" to see the facility first-hand. She said Sander's first command as president was to close the private detention centers.
She also said that her husband voted against the legislation, which led to the founding of the Immigration and Customs Authority (ICE) in 2002.
"Everything he feared has come true," she told Agency, "and it needs to be abolished. We need to fundamentally revise our immigration system. "