All unaccompanied children removed from Homestead migrant detention facility

All unaccompanied children have been removed from the Homestead migrant detention facility in Homestead, Florida, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed on Saturday. Homestead, which has been criticized by politicians for its treatment of unaccompanied minors, was the nation’s largest facility for migrant children, housing 14,300 unaccompanied minors since March 2018. (Read more…

What should Florida do about immigration? Here’s your chance to speak to state lawmakers

State Senator Joe Gruters and Representative Cord Byrd announced Thursday that they’ll be embarking on a listening tour across seven cities in three days. “With another legislative session on the horizon, we believe it’s important to go straight to Floridians and hear their ideas on how we can further improve our immigration system,” Gruters and…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Our government sanctions child abuse

CharlotteDems.com Editor’s Note: The following letter by Charlotte Democratic Party Vice-Chair Teresa Jenkins was published in the Sun on Monday, July 1st.   Editor: Jana Lipman’s article comparing the Obama and Trump administration’s detainment of migrant children inadequately addressed the parallels. Trump’s latest plan, to house undocumented children at a Japanese-American internment camp from World…

Vigil for Immigrant Children 7/12/2019

Join your Democratic friends and neighbors for a “Lights for Liberty” event that seeks the reunification of separated families and the humane treatment of children seeking asylum. The event will be held on July 12 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Congregational United Church, 1201 Aqui Esta, Punta Gorda. The U.S. government under this administration…

Know Your Rights During ICE Raids

The administration has, for now, reversed its directive for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to start massive arrests of migrant families that have received deportation orders.  Yet, this administration seems bound and determined to carry out these roundups in Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, LA, Miami, New Orleans, NYC, San Francisco, DC, and Newark. While, thankfully,…

Administration To Release Hundreds Of Migrants To South Florida, Local Officials Say

The Trump administration plans to release hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants detained at the southern border to both Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida every month, according to local officials who say they have been informed by the federal government. “Hundreds of immigrants will be arriving in Broward County on a weekly basis without designated…

3 House members demand investigation into Homestead detention center no-bid deal

Three members of Congress from Florida are calling for an investigation into a no-bid, $341 million contract recently awarded to the company that runs the Homestead detention center for migrant children. The award came as Gen. John Kelly, President Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, was joining the advisory board of the operator’s parent company. Kelly advocated…

Vigil in Homestead-Miami Detention Center to support Migrant children

Charlotte County Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida joins two local groups to participate in a Mother’s Day vigil at the Homestead Detention Center for migrant children. The other groups are the Immigration Justice Committee – Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Charlotte County and the Immigration Action Group – SWFL Indivisible. Local participation is being organized by…