Rep. DeLauro to Lead Visit to Center for Migrant Children

Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is leading an oversight visit to a holding center for detaining migrant children in Florida.

The Democrat plans to visit a facility in Homestead, Florida. She'll be joined by 10 of her Democratic colleagues Monday.

DeLauro leads a House subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.

She says Congress has a "moral responsibility to conduct oversight and ensure children in our care are being taken care of."

Advocates have complained that HHS' largest holding centers-- the facility in Homestead, a converted Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, and a now-closed tent camp at Tornillo, Texas-- have traumatized children through overcrowding and inadequate staffing.

DeLauro plans to speak to reporters Monday morning after the visit, and hold a hearing this month about the resettlement office's program.

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