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     March 13, 2019      #43-72 sdj 0
 
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FILE - In this Feb.19, 2019 file photo, children line up to enter a tent at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said Monday, March 11, 2019 that he toured the Florida facility and found children are being held there for too long in a r
Senator tours Florida teen detention camp he wants shut down

MIAMI (AP) — A Democratic senator from Oregon advocating against migrant youth detention camps says he toured a Florida facility and found children are being held there for too long in a restrictive environment.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said that he talked to three boys who also confirmed reports that employees told teenagers they would not be reunited with family if they misbehaved.

"We should be having an expedited process to have kids placed with sponsors," Merkley told The Associated Press. "The principle is you don't keep kids locked up."

Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Mark Weber said Wednesday that the release of children can be delayed "if a child presents with serious behavior incidents or ...

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