Elizabeth Warren is going to Homestead, Florida on Wednesday, a day before Beto R & Rourke was scheduled to go to the Child Migration Detention Center.
& # 39; So I'm going to Homestead tomorrow, come with me, & # 39; Warren told the crowd at her Miami town hall on Tuesday evening when she asked him what she would do if the children were separated from their parents when crossing the border.
The Massachusetts senator described the horrific and indecent scene she saw last year when they visited detention centers in McAllen, Texas, when news of immigrant cages and family divorces first came to the fore in the headlines.
She made the comments as graphic images of 25-year-old Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, a Salvadoran man, and his 23-month-old daughter facing down, dead on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said she will visit the Homestead Migrant Detention Center for hours before taking the debate 30 miles north in Miami. Wednesday evening
Warren & # 39; s improvised announcement in a Miami town hall comes Tuesday evening after competitor Rep. Eric Swalwell (right) visited the center Monday and former Texas Beto O & R 39 representative (left) announced days earlier that he would visit the site on Thursday morning
The shelter for unaccompanied children in Homestead has become the center of attention for Democrats to Florida for the first primary debates, and especially after a young father and his daughter died trying to enter the US illegally
Martinez's 21-year-old mother and wife watched the events unfold as her husband and child tried to cross the river illegally by swimming across the river in Brownsville, Texas.
& # 39; A government that cannot see the difference between a threat from a terrorist, a criminal, and a little girl is not a government that keeps us safe, & # 39; Warren told the crowd.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who also rides in the 2020 primary race, accused President Donald Trump's incident.
& # 39; We should not look away, & # 39; Booker tweeted Tuesday evening. & # 39; These are the consequences of Donald Trump's inhumane and immoral immigration policy. This is done in our name. & # 39;
Photos of the scene show that the black shirt extended from the father to his chest with the girl's head inside. Her arm was draped around his neck, indicating that she was clinging to him at her last moments.
Warren made the unprepared announcement that she would stop at Homestead before coming to the debate on Wednesday night and telling the public that they would join her.
The town hall was held the night before to take the stage during the first democratic primary debates of the 2020 cycle – which is also being held in Miami – alongside nine other democrats attending the party's primary elections.
Senator and 2020 contender Cory Booker blamed President Trump for the death of the migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter who tried to cross by swimming over the Rio Grande
Booker says this happened because of the & # 39; inhumane & # 39; immigration policy of Trump
A 21-year-old wife and mother watched her 25-year-old husband and young daughter die, trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas
The enthusiastic tone of the event was matched by the carnival-like atmosphere that has become a theme in the senators' rally & # 39; s campaign in Massachusetts, complete with a ticket drawing for which the audience member will ask the next question and call and answer vocals.
The City Hall, which was held in the gymnasium at Florida International University, which was still founded after his graduation, attracted a crowd of more than 500 people. A person who worked for the Warren advance team said, based on the rough estimate of the campaign, that 1,300 people were present.
The crowd filtered while music was being blown into the arena, including the song & # 39; Welcome to Miami & # 39; by actor Will Smith and empowerment of women and fighting heroes, & # 39; Is not No Mountain High Enough & # 39; and & # 39; These Boots are Made for Walkin & # 39 ;. & # 39;
Throughout the town hall, the scoreboard reads the time clock as 3:17, which is an indication of the date of March 17, the day of the Florida primary elections. The score was also 20-20 and the team names were & # 39; WinWith & # 39; and & # 39; Warren. & # 39;
The two-night primary debates, organized by NBC News on Wednesday and Thursday, will include 10 Democratic candidates each evening, randomly selected for which stage they will appear.
Warren will participate in the first night of the debates and compete against other high-profile candidates such as Booker and O & Rourke, a former congressman in Texas.
However, she will miss the opportunity to debate the two front-runners, former vice-president Joe Biden and senator Bernie Sanders, independent Vermont.
The Homestead center is about 30 minutes south of the debate phase, and R & r & r 39 has already made plans to visit Thursday morning. Warren & # 39; s last-minute announcement will make her stand out for her Democratic rival by showing how much she cares about migrant minors.
Fellow 2020 contender Rep. Eric Swalwell also visited the center on Monday and met demonstrators outside the facility.
& # 39; We are investigating a camp, a camp with children that is cruelly locked up here & # 39 ;, he said as he documented the experience on his social media. & # 39; They don't belong here. They belong to their family. & # 39;
Democrats made it a point to visit the facility after Congressman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who represents Florida, invited 2020 primary candidates to go through the asylum where 2,000 migrant children are being held.
Mucarsel-Powell, a democrat, was previously denied access to the facility, but said she would guide all candidates who want to take a look.
First year Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez garnered national attention when she mentioned centers that migrants held at the concentration camps in the southern border during a live video on Instagram.
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