Managers of the Homestead camp in Florida call it a shelter, but activists have decried its ‘prison'
As the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, testified in Washington on Wednesday about hardline immigration policies and a surge of migrants entering the US, these children were stuck in limbo as guests of the US government. The migrants were ages 13 to 17, from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and had made dangerous journeys from their homelands, in many cases alone, across hostile territory to reach the southern US border. The presence of the camp, the largest of its kind in the US, is controversial, with activists and some politicians denouncing the 1,700-bed facility and its military-style regime for a “prison-like feel” that epitomises Donald Trump’s hardline approach to immigration policy for minors. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/06/immigration-migrant-children-homestead-florida?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX1VTTW9ybmluZ0JyaWVmaW5nLTE5MDMwNw%3D%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=USMorningBriefing&CMP=usbriefing_email
Kids line up to enter a tent at the Homestead facility in Florida, where 1,621 children were resident last week. Photograph: Wilfredo Lee/AP