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Democrats Keep Whining, but They Got Their Way: Homestead Immigrant Shelter Stands Empty

August 7, 2019 - 6:30am
Photo of Homestead via Twitter
Photo of Homestead via Twitter

For over a year now the Homestead immigrant housing facility has been a target of leftist outrage. As the immigration narrative was ramping up last summer, the politicization in Homestead began.

Former Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz demanded they be escorted in immediately, the directors told them a scheduled visit was required, and the whole business culminated in a tour that showed the facility defied their claims of inhumane conditions.

The reporting of the accurate details inside the facility has done little to curtail the wailing in the media. In June a collection of Democrats from Washington, D.C. descended on Homestead for a premises inspection. When Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and a number of others emerged, they were incapable of continuing their narrative of concentration-camp conditions. This did not deter them. They continued to complain forcefully, going so far as to declare that anyone who dares criticize members of Congress be arrested.

For the first presidential debate, many of the candidates tried to gain traction by demonizing the facility and all who were involved in running it -- inaccurately, of course. Elizabeth Warren decried the conditions from outside while never going inside. She also insisted emergency spending was needed for the border crisis, while missing a vote the day before -- on emergency spending for the border. Bill DeBlasio called for an immediate closing of the immigrant holding facility, giving no plan at all what to do with the numerous underage children housed there. Turn them out on the street, is a best guess.

Now news arrives that proves the Democrats are apparently more in need of an outrage than a solution. The announcement was made that the children housed in Homestead have been relocated. "They have either been reunified with an appropriate sponsor or transferred to a state-licensed facility within the ORR network of care providers as of August 3, 2019,” say authorities.

This should certainly come across as good news. After all, very few kids are now being housed, and the facility Democrats demonized and laced with accusations from activists is nearly empty. But they are STILL upset. Now the issue is that the Florida Immigrant Coalition is demanding they be provided with information on where all the children have been dispersed.

Authorities announced that most of the children -- an overwhelming majority of whom arrived here as unaccompanied minors -- were placed with verified family members or foster families, with those remaining being relocated to other facilities. The Homestead location had stopped taking in new arrivals in early July, and the threat of a tropical storm aimed at South Florida a few weeks ago was the last straw.

This should have made all of the political cranks satisfied, considering it was the specific result they had been demanding. Yet, just as their pet issue was seemingly satisfied, they were not. Wasserman Schultz found reason to continue making insinuations and pronouncements about the issue. 

“I will seek a full accounting of where these hundreds of children who were reportedly relocated from the Homestead detention center ended up. While this is being portrayed as a safety measure, given this Administration’s abysmal and cruel track record, I fear it’s an attempt to skirt scrutiny and accountability.”

This is little more than political peacocking. DWS has nothing to base her charge on, citing her “fear” something untoward is taking place. The last time she harbored such fears about the Homestead location, they were proven to be completely without merit. But those fears always get reported -- the revelation of no actual issues is not such a compelling headline.

Brad Slager, a Fort Lauderdale freelance writer, wrote this story exclusively for Sunshine State News. He writes on politics and the industry and his stories appear in such publications as RedState and The Federalist.

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Now we need this shelter. We could bring people from the Bahamas over. Oh yeah now we can't because Trump won't allow them here. Homestead isn't on the Southern boarder between Mexico and the US. This article is pretty stupid.

The democRAT party is the most dangerous terrorist organization in the history of humanity.

I agree

I agree.

Me too! They are insane. I don't know what they are smoking, but something is affecting their brains.

The evidence is indisputable.

Is that a case of Blind Allegiance or Total Ignorance you're dealing with, Regina ??? There are treatments available!

Have your treatments been having any affect on you? Perhaps you should triple your dosage.

Wow, Brad. Apparently you have no problem with a racist president who is also by far the stupidest man to occupy the office.He uses the tactics you would decry from the left-occupy the office and defy EVERYTHING! You know, like the LAW. I would give him TWO National holidays. The first would be when he leaves office, the second when he leaves the planet.

Actually, we had many problems with the racist president and elected to turn away from the hypocrisy party and voted in Trump

Those who call our president racist are in fact themselves racists and bigots. Let's not forget that the party of Hillary Clinton is also the party that created the KKK.

Such spin liars! . . . . . . . . today's Democratic party of Hillary Clinton did not create the KKK . . . . . probably none of whom voted for Hillary in 2016, but the same can't be said about Donald Trump's voters . . . . . . . . . . . to imply that connection to Hillary is purely . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

Okay, so I guess Hillary really does support the KKK. My mistake.

For a racist President, he's not very good at it. More minorities are working than ever. He's pointed out rat infested neighborhoods in Baltimore and the fact that HUD gave $16 billion to Baltimore and they can't account for it. So I would say you're an idiot full of hate and hope you don't own a firearm.

Amen, bro! Well said! I love it - especially the "leaving the planet" part!

Yeah because your party's connection to reality has left the planet long ago.

Sure glad that the corrupt POS Hillary was prevented from occupying our White House.

1 big unsubstantiated opinion in this sloppy piece. You don't know any better than Santa what the facility looks like, nor where the kids were taken to. You are just parroting the DWS release, which is purely partisan in design. Not hard to see why you are unemployed and writing puff pieces here...

Apparently democRATs love it when people are unemployed. That's why they voted for Obozo.

Fifth grader? Or just beginning fourth?

Duh blah duh

How DARE these people actually care about other people's children!

Especially since they didn't care about them during the time when Obama put them into these facilities.

Your inhumanity is only exceeded by your closed minded partisanship.

Your stupidity is only exceeded by your asininity.

The members of Congress when elected, had a genuine desire to improve the nation. After tasting the benefits of office and the power it brings (power to get free stuff and admiration of supporters) lose sight of their purpose. Well they lose sight until election time or when it's convenient to bring that suit of clothing out of the closet. ALL member of Congress.

It's sad that if a person objects to a current policy or practice they are labelled (by this writer) a "leftist"....some government policies/practices will be improved by public input and discourse, and historically blind allegiance to governments hasn't been a "best practice" that led to great outcomes

If you note as I show in the article, every single politician that has been making false claims about the Homestead facility has been a Democrat.

So what? Dems got it right - GOPs had it wrong! Doesn't that matter to you?

Looks like you're going to have to re-read his post a few more times. Your comprehension skills are sorely absent.

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