Failed Political Opportunism in Homestead - Hysterical Headlines

Hysterical Headlines (Funny or Absurd) for June 20th 

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Nelson, Wasserman Schultz blocked from entering immigrant children shelter in Homestead - Miami Herald 

Hot Take: Turns out trying to score political points by exploiting a situation is frowned upon by those in government tasked with jobs they take seriouslyBut, if you want to know what goes on inside you need to look no further than this story from the Miami Herald on June 26th of 2016. Yes, during the Obama administration. Here's an excerpt: One by one, the teens line up. One line is for girls, the other, for boys. They are put in order by age. 

With towels, undergarments, clothes and shoes in hand, they are separated into groups of eight and enter the white shower stalls. 

The children, who are unaccompanied minors from age 0 to 17, were in the custody of Homeland Security just days before. Most of them were escaping danger and poverty in their home countries in Central America by crossing the Mexican border. After three days, they were placed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and flown to Miami, later to be moved to a temporary shelter in Homestead. 

As they arrive, they are immediately given multi-colored identification wristbands and clothes. They sanitize their hands and are taken to shower rooms at the Homestead temporary shelter at the former Homestead Job Corps site. The wave of minors crossing the border without family was the first group of many expected to arrive at the site as they continue to flee Central America. 

It’s the first time South Florida houses unaccompanied minors. More than 200 are currently residing at the shelter, which has the capacity for 600 more. The children are ages 13 to 17 and are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. All kids under 13 are placed in a permanent shelter. 

The federal government operates about 100 permanent shelters across the country, but the Homestead site is the only temporary shelter currently active and was opened to handle the overflow of youths awaiting an immigration hearing. 

“Let’s go back in time. In 2014, the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the borders left pictures of kids piled up at border patrol. There was not enough capacity for the 58,000 referred to our care the highest ever in the program’s history,” HHS spokeswoman Stephanie Acker Housman said. “That’s when [the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] started to work with Homeland Security to make improvements and increase preparedness by setting up additional temporary shelters.”

Yet for some reason, DWS and Nelson didn't seem too concerned about the facility back then or as is pointed out – the 100 or so like it across the country. In fact, the national media didn't either. It's disgusting political opportunism on their part to enact selective outrage when it's being used under the Trump administration rather than the Obama administration. 

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