Rep. DeLauro To Lead Visit To Center For Migrant Children

Bernie Loubier
July 14, 2019 - 11:14 am

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is leading an oversight visit to a holding center for detaining migrant children in Florida.  

The Democrat plans to visit a facility in Homestead, Florida. She'll be joined by 10 of her Democratic colleagues Monday.   DeLauro leads a House subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.  

She says Congress has a ``moral responsibility to conduct oversight and ensure children in our care are being taken care of.''  

Advocates have complained that HHS' largest holding centers_ the facility in Homestead, a converted Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, and a now-closed tent camp at Tornillo, Texas_ have traumatized children through overcrowding and inadequate staffing.  

DeLauro plans to speak to reporters Monday morning after the visit, and hold a hearing this month about the resettlement office's program.