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For Immediate Release:
June 28, 2019
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Mia DeVane
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Commissioner Levine Cava releases statement after touring Homestead detention center housing immigrant children

MIAMI-DADE – After taking a tour of the Homestead Detention Center housing immigrant children today, County Commissioner Levine Cava released the following statement:

“Today was a chilling reminder that our American values are being tested. As a mother and grandmother, it breaks my heart that nearly 2,500 children were separated from their families and are being housed in a juvenile detention facility. I observed sterile, highly regimented and factory-like conditions. These children fled horrible circumstances, often times fleeing communities under siege from violent crime. While I was given an opportunity to visit the facility and see the daily routine, too many questions remain unanswered regarding how children are being processed and what attempts are being made to reunify children with their parents as quickly as possible. They are being detained beyond the limit that is mandated by federal law. That is simply unacceptable. No measures have been taken to establish transitional foster care that would allow these children to stay in a more homelike environment, with adequate emotional support and mental health services. What we know is that this for-profit facility is no place for a child to grow, learn and feel secure. There is no excuse. This facility must be closed expeditiously, with the dollars instead going to reunite these children with families or place them in less expensive and more humane community settings.”