Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell got inside a detention camp where children are still caged.
“We saw areas that house about 144 kids. They’re sleeping in bunk beds with numbers next to their bunk beds.” She said. “They have about eight stalls right next to each other. “They have about eight stalls right next to each other for them to go to the bathroom, to take showers. They are fed in tents and it just feels like a prison.”
Nearly 1,600 children are held in Homestead, Florida in a for-profit detention camp. It holds kids ages 13-17, and sends them to adult detention at age 18.
“For me, it’s a matter of asking ourselves what are we willing to put up with in this administration?” Mucarsel-Powell said.
Despite signing an executive order, the Trump administration has not stopped family separations at the border.
“I am an immigrant. And I know how difficult it is to leave at the age of 14 your country, you’re leaving your family you’re leaving family members, you’re coming to country that you don’t know, you don’t know anyone,” Mucarsel-Powell said. “But one thing that I did have was the love and support of my mother and my sisters. And when I went to Homestead, the detention facility, I saw so many kids, teenagers, that reminded me of me.”