Florida politicians react to President Trump's zero tolerance policy immigration policy

Posted at 9:11 PM, Jun 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 04:18:58-04

Throughout the weekend Democrat and Republican leaders traveled to facilities where immigrants are being processed and detained in the United States.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel held a news conference Sunday to discuss her trip to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas.

"What I saw in these cages, yes they were cages of detention and the woman I spoke to I saw a sea of humanity and people desperate for a better life," she said.

Frankel along 26 other democrats toured the two facilities. This comes just a few days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents. 

"As a mother as the granddaughter of immigrants what I saw was heartbreaking," Frankel said. 

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch also held a news conference Sunday criticizing President Trump's zero tolerance policy.

"This practice is appalling and it is shameful," he said. 

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited the Homestead migrant shelter Friday.

"We must also help bring an end to this crisis both by helping the nations they are fleeing address the conditions driving this migration and ending immigration policies that incentivize parents to bring children unlawfully into the United States," Rubio said. 

Before the executive order around 2,300 children were separated from their parents.