Democratic candidates from 2020 make themselves visible when the second night of the first primary debates looms up.
Candidates have filtered through the minors detention facility in Homestead, Florida this week, making it a popular campaign stop for various contenders – especially those who have made immigration a major part of their candidacy.
Bernie Sanders, Beto R & Rourke and mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, visited the area on Thursday afternoon where protesters are located opposite the center.
O & # 39; Rourke, who announced Sunday that he would go to the Homestead Temporary Shelter for unaccompanied children the morning after he took part in the debate, was turned upside down by five other candidates who stopped there at the last minute for the former representative of Texas.
Like many of the candidates before him, O & # 39; Rourke stood on a ladder across the street from the center, so that he saw some children moving between buildings. He screamed & # 39; we love you, & # 39; and other encouraging ideas in Spanish for the teenagers.
Bernie Sanders (left) and Beto O & Rourke (right) visited the Homestead migration detention facility on Thursday morning. They were the fifth and sixth candidates to make the stop
O & # 39; Rourke visited the center the morning after he entered the stage on the first night of the first democrat debates in Miami, where his performance was largely considered uninteresting
The facility has become a popular stop for candidates in Florida for the debates. O & # 39; Rourke was one of the first to announce that he was going to the site, and many others followed him
The border city resident performed poorly on the first night of debates, compared to the nine other democrat counterparts who accompanied him on stage.
Social media users hit O & # 39; Rourke for making every answer in a story, messing up his Spanish, giving nonanswers, and avoiding questions – in both English and Spanish.
Many candidates are planning to add Homestead to their Florida schedule for debates, including Tulsi Gabbard later in the day on Thursday, and candidates Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand are planning to go on Friday.
Sanders appeared on the site about an hour before O & # 39; Rourke, spoke briefly with some demonstrators and media, and then entered the facility's gate.
None of the candidates had the opportunity to go through the actual facility where the teenagers are being held.
Jane Sanders, the senator's wife, visited Homestead with her husband and also stopped there on Tuesday after Senator Elizabeth Warren left.
She said the first executive order and her husband's president would be to end the detention centers for migrants.
Some candidates currently serving in the House or Senate can come in and take a look behind the scenes in the center if they submit a request two weeks in advance.
O & Rourke said that this is not good enough, and that lawmakers in such facilities as those in Homestead can come without any notice.
He said that if he were to become president, his plan would ensure that federal funding associated with these facilities would depend on transparency. & # 39;
Like many of the other candidates, O & # 39; Rourke stood across the street and called encouraging words – both in English and in Spanish – to the migrant children escorted between buildings.
Biden stopped at the site for the debate on Thursday morning to get a piece of land for the stage where he would appear a few hours later.
& # 39; That you don't have to notify the operators – the for-profit operators – two days in advance, or cancel a week, & # 39; Beto told reporters and demonstrators gathered at Homestead. & # 39; As a member of Congress, you can turn up unannounced to ensure that there is real accountability and transparency for the way these shelters are managed. & # 39;
Former vice president Biden also came out for the debates and looked at the stage hours before he would accept them with nine other candidates.
Biden was expected to become the bully on the first night of the debate, which was largely seen as the night for secondary candidates, but he was not raised once.
There is pressure on the former vice president – who is sensitive to making blunders – to see if he shines or trips.
Biden did not say if he would jump on the train to visit Homestead as his colleagues did.
Obama's former vice-president is the leader among the 25 candidates who have played in the primary so far, and he shares the spotlight with Bernie Sanders, who is in second place in the poll, and eight other contenders compete for the Democratic nomination.
Harris and Buttigieg will also participate in the second evening of the debates, organized by NBC News. The network randomly selected which candidates would appear on which night of the two-night event.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker also did not say if he would go downtown during his stay in Florida.
He told DailyMail.com that he & # 39; went to detention facilities & # 39; ever since he became president.
& # 39; I will continue, & # 39; Booker said about detention facilities for migrants and for-profit prisons. & # 39; I hope I can make Homestead work, depending on tomorrow's voting. & # 39;
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