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Department of Homeland Security Denies Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s Request to Visit Homestead Detention Facility

The outrage has crossed the aisle.
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UNITED STATES - JUNE 6: Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) was denied entry on Friday into a detention facility that holds unaccompanied minors and migrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Curbelo then took to Twitter to blast the Department of Homeland Security, which the Republican said had initially agreed to grant him access. Curbelo wrote the “visit had been confirmed with local operators for over a week” but “last night was told by staff in Washington I would be refused entry.”

The Congressman added that he was “disappointed” at HHS for citing “protocol” to deny access to other lawmakers and that he was “outraged today given my office followed “protocol.”

Curbelo plans on supporting legislation drafted by fellow Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat, requiring “Members of Congress be granted access to these facilities upon our return to Washington.”

“If your operation is so sensitive and delicate that an elected leader walking through your facility and asking a few questions disrupts your work, then you have a bigger problem,” he said.

Schultz introduced the Congressional Access to Children’s Detention Facilities Act in June, which “would allow Members of Congress to visit the facilities during reasonable hours, and also ensure press access, by allowing media to accompany them on these essential inspections.”

Followers on Twitter suggested Curbelo should use the power of his office and of Congress to provide more oversight, which is of course a primary role of the House of Representatives.

Curbelo’s office had made arrangements to tour the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, which is situated in his congressional district.

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