Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters

Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzDeGette dropped from chief deputy whip spot Lawmakers call for investigation into Labor Secretary Acosta for sex offender plea deal Corsi says he will file 'criminal charges' against Mueller MORE (D-Fla.) said at least 10 migrant infants and toddlers separated from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border are being held in detention ceners near Miami.

Wasserman Schultz told the Miami Herald on Saturday that the children — ranging from newborns to 5 years old — were separated from their parents and in so-called tender-age shelters. 

The lawmaker said officials gave her a document that revealed the Miami-Dade County shelters, His House Children’s Home and Catholic Charities' Msgr. Bryan Walsh Children’s Village — formerly known as Boys Town — are housing an additional 88 children between ages of 6 and 12.

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A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman could not immediately confirm the numbers provided by Wasserman Schultz.

"These are specialized facilities, licensed by the state, that are fully capable of taking care of very young children," Mark Weber told the newspaper.

Children being housed at Msgr. Bryan Walsh Children’s Village were separated from their parents at the border under the Trump administration’s "zero tolerance" policy. The policy, announced earlier this year, resulted in the separations of more than 2,000 migrant families from April to May.

The policy drew swift and steady backlash from both sides of the aisle, prompting President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE to give in to bipartisan pressure. On Wednesday, Trump reversed his administration's policy and signed an executive order to end the practice of separating migrant children from their parents after being apprehended for illegally crossing into the U.S. 

The order allows most families to be detained together as they await court proceedings, but makes no provisions for the more than 2,000 families who had already been separated under the initial policy.

Thousands of children are still being housed in shelters, away from their parents, while their parents face criminal proceedings.

Mary Ross Agosta, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Miami, said she could not confirm the children's exact ages, but said the kids in Msgr. Bryan Walsh Children’s Village were younger than is typical for the shelter.

"I cannot confirm the exact age of the children, but I do know that we do have children who are younger that we normally have. We normally take in children who are past the age of 10," Agosta said. "I do know that we have children from the border who are younger than that, quite a bit younger than 10."

Wasserman Schultz was joined by other Democratic representatives from Florida, including Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonOcasio-Cortez fires back at Conway: She has 'engaged in a War on Facts since Inauguration Day' Frederica Wilson: I never got an apology from John Kelly Conway says Ocasio-Cortez is '29-year-old who doesn't seem to know much about anything' MORE, Ted Deutch and Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoProblem Solvers Dems urge Pelosi to publicly back three rules changes Problem Solvers Dems: We 'cannot support' Pelosi for Speaker 'at this time' 14 House Dems vow to withhold Speaker votes over rule reforms MORE, for a tour of a shelter Saturday afternoon.

Program director Leslie Wood told the newspaper on Friday that there were 1,179 migrant children between ages 13 and 17 at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, including at least 70 who had been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.