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 RubioPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod 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 TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default 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. 


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 SchiffOvernight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation Spotlight turns to GOP's McCarthy in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif) tweeted on Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE privately told lawmakers the separation practice could resume.