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 RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' 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 TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate 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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe MORE (D-Calif) tweeted on Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFEMA head to reimburse government for use of federal vehicles: report US to prioritize attacks against foreign adversaries under new cyber strategy Paddlers sue Trump over frequent golf visits shutting down the Potomac River MORE privately told lawmakers the separation practice could resume.