Carlos Curbelo outraged, denied entry to Homestead detention center
A Homestead detention center housing immigrant minors denied entry to U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo.
The Miami Republican says he cleared his visit through proper channels but still was not allowed to check on the status of the children at the facility, many of whom were separated from adults at the border.
Curbelo expressed outrage on Twitter after being denied entry. He says he confirmed the visit over a week ago.
“All protocols to request, schedule & get clearance were followed, and yet last night was told by @HHSGov staff in Washington I would be refused entry.”
He also voiced support for a bipartisan bill being filed in the House by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Sunrise Democrat, that would require access to such facilities for all members of Congress.
Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson last month were denied entry into the same facility in June.
Curbelo says he was disappointed that happened, and noted HHS officials at the time suggested the surprise visit by the senator and congresswoman had violated protocol. He says he followed that supposed protocol, but his staff learned Thursday night he would be denied entry as