At Florida Detention Site for Migrant Teens, Beto O’Rourke Slams Trump, Parries Julian Castro’s Jabs

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Beto O'Rourke, under fire from fellow Texan Julián Castro over his stance on immigration law, spent more than an hour outside a federal detention site blasting the Trump administration for mistreatment of migrant teens."We want to get to the same place, and I think Secretary Castro may not understand that our proposal calls for every family, every person who is seeking refuge or asylum, fleeing violence or persecution, to be welcomed through our asylum laws... not criminally prosecuted, not detained, and not warehoused in tent cities like this one," O'Rourke said.The camp in Homestead, on federal land next to a Homestead Air Reserve Base, is not subject to state inspections meant to ensure child welfare. Some teens have been kept there for six months or longer, in crowded conditions that activists decry. O'Rourke climbed a step ladder to peer over the fence at the youngsters walking from one tent to another in the distance, most wearing bright orange ball caps.Sweat dripped from O'Rourke's chin as he addressed dozens of media for nearly an hour, along with demonstrators holding vigil at the center. "We see them. We hear them. We support them. We love them," he said. "We will not give up til they are free."  Continue reading...

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