- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

CUTLER BAY, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the status of unaccompanied migrant children being held in South Florida facilities (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

A Democratic congresswoman says children as young as 4 and 5 are among a group of 22 unaccompanied migrant children being held in a Catholic Charities facility south of Miami.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz says conditions at the Monsignor Bryan Walsh Children’s Village she visited on Monday are much better than at the Homestead Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, which she toured Saturday. That center is holding about 1,000 migrants, including 70 who’ve been separated from their parents.

President Donald Trump signed an order last week ending the policy, but many children remain separated.

Wasserman Shultz told reporters on Monday that she considers the practice of separating children from their parents “sadistic,” ”demonic,” and “outrageous.”

She noted that she saw two minor children who have newborns at the Children’s Village.


12:50 p.m.

A Republican congressman says unaccompanied migrant children being housed at a Catholic Charities facility in South Florida are being treated “exceptionally well” and are “happy.”

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo toured Catholic Charities Boystown south of Miami on Monday morning. He says some children were in classrooms and others had been taken to an aquarium on a field trip.

Curbelo says the “children were smiling, they were happy.”

Curbelo says he opposed President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from family members detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. But he says the facility is “doing a good job of caring” for the 22 children.

Trump signed an executive order last week ending the policy, but many children remain separated.

Curbelo says he will work to find a permanent workable immigration policy.

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