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Family Seperation

Florida Migrant Teen Detention Center Sees Dramatic Downsize

Jul 18, 2019
Migrant teens walking through the Homestead facility.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

By Adriana Gomez Licon / The Associated Press

The nation's largest facility for migrant children has released hundreds of teens to relatives in recent days, easing overcrowding at the South Florida center that has come under intense criticism from Democratic lawmakers who call it cramped and regimented. 

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

In their bid to be Florida’s next attorney general, former Hillsborough County judge Ashley Moody and state representative Frank White both accepted campaign donations from a private prison corporation that manages an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) family detention center.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

More than 500 people gathered at the Joe Chillura Square near the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Saturday, protesting the seperation of families at the U.S.-Mexico Border.