WASHINGTON -Denied access on Tuesday, Sen. Bill Nelson will tour the Homestead immigrant holding center on Saturday "and speak to some of the 94 children there who were separated from their families and find out exactly what's being done to reunite them with their families," his office said.
There are more than 1,000 children at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, including 94 who were taken from their parents in recent weeks under the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, according to Nelson's office, citing the Department of Health and Human Services.
Nelson will be joined by other lawmakers, including Rep. Frederica Wilson and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Florida Democrats running for governor had already planned to stage an event at the facility, though it's unclear if they will be part of a tour.
"Despite denying him access to the facility Tuesday, HHS officials have assured Nelson that he will be allowed inside the facility to meet with the kids when he arrives at 1:00 p.m. Saturday," read a Nelson statement.
Despite Trump caving to pressure on his child separation policy, his executive order does nothing to immediately address the more than 2,300 children placed in facilities across the U.S., including Texas, Florida and New York.
Nelson said they should be reunited right away, as does Gov. Rick Scott. Sen. Marco Rubio's office said he supports reunification and pointed to legislation he's sponsoring with other GOP senators, though it's unclear how that would expedite reunification.