Rubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility

Rubio heckled by protestors outside immigration detention facility
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Demonstrators heckled Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting The Memo: Trump allies hope he can turn the page from Russian fiasco Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash MORE (R-Fla.), calling him an "opportunist" during a protest outside a federal detention facility for migrant children in South Florida on Friday. 

Rubio was met by protestors while speaking to reporters near the contractor-run Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children. Rubio said that he understood why people make the dangerous journey to the U.S., only for hecklers to respond, "No you don't." 

Rubio's visit to the facility comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE on Wednesday signed an executive order that ended his administration's practice of separating families at the border. However, it remains unclear how over 2,000 families that were divided as a result of the policy will be reunited. 

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Two Florida lawmakers were blocked from entering the Homestead facility Rubio was at earlier this week. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) accused the Trump administration of a “cover-up” after not being allowed to survey the living conditions. 

“It is an affront as the senior senator of this state that an agency head would tell me that I do not have entrance into a federally funded facility where the lives and health of children are at stake,” Nelson said.

Nelson was one of many Democratic lawmakers to make a surprise visit to an immigration detention center in recent weeks. 

In response, the Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) sent a directive this week that states lawmakers must give two weeks' notice before traveling to an immigrant detention center.

While Trump ended the practice of family separation on Wednesday, many lawmakers continue to question the Trump administration's policies at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The administration is keeping in place its zero tolerance policy that vows to detain and prosecute those caught crossing the border illegally.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDem lawmaker: Putin will take Trump's attack on Mueller probe as 'green light' to interfere in 2018 The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit MORE (D-Calif) tweeted on Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Court rules against Trump administration on transgender military ban The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting MORE privately told lawmakers the separation practice could resume.