© 2023 WLRN
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Presidential Hopefuls Flock To Homestead To See Nation’s Largest Child Migrant Shelter

Daniel A. Varela
Miami Herald
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is swarmed by the press while walking past the Homestead Detention Center ahead of the first Democratic Debates, in Homestead, Florida, on Wednesday June 26, 2019.

The new must-visit South Florida landmark for Democratic presidential hopefuls is a place so exclusive and secretive that most have no shot of getting through the front door.

Other than the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, no location in Miami will receive more attention from 2020 candidates and campaigns around the first presidential primary debates this week than the Homestead detention center for migrant children, the largest shelter for unaccompanied minors in the country.

On Wednesday alone, the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and activist actress Alyssa Milano paid visits, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren and two buses full of supporters and, a few hours later, by Senator Amy Klobuchar. All were denied entry, as was California Congressman Eric Swalwell when he visited Tuesday. Despite that, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former HUD secretary Julián Castro, Senators Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand and author Marianne Williamson are expected to stop by later this week.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.