Hayes tours migrant detention facility, voices concern

July 2, 2019 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes says she cannot support facilities like the for-profit center in Homestead, Florida, where more than 2,000 unaccompanied minors are being held.

The first-term member of Congress joined seven fellow Democrats on Tuesday on a tour of the facility, the nation’s largest minor detention center.

Hayes, a mother and former educator, said what she saw inside the center was “not anything I would want for my children.”

Hayes also noted how the beds were perfectly made for the congressional visit. She says she’s skeptical about that, noting it was “almost too perfect.”


The private company that runs the site has said it provides “vulnerable, unaccompanied youth people” with shelter and services, including classes, recreation and medical care.