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Nelson, Wasserman Schultz shut out of facility holding immigrant kids

The facility is in Homestead, south of Miami.


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, center and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, right, were denied entry by security into the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, center and congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, right, were denied entry by security into the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Published Jun. 19, 2018|Updated Jun. 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz were denied entry Tuesday into a federal facility in Homestead housing immigrant children.

The Florida Democrats wanted to see conditions inside the shelter and determine the status of what is reported to be about 1,000 youths there. Nelson said the company operating the facility granted a tour but the Department of Health and Human Services "blocked us" and wanted a two week notice.

"That's ridiculous and it's clear this administration is hiding something," Nelson said.

"The administration's action today to deny us access to their Homestead, Florida facility where they are holding 1,000 migrant children is against EVERYTHING that we as a country stand for. They ought to be ashamed of themselves," Nelson wrote on Twitter.

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