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Senator Stewart, District 13 — Press Release


September 27, 2019

CONTACT: Travis Flinn, 407-893-2422

Senator Linda Stewart Pleased That Central Florida No Longer Considered for Detention Facilities

ORLANDO – After learning of the United States Department of Health and Human Services decision to no longer consider Central Florida in its search, as a location for a new migrant children detention facility, Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando), was happy to hear the news.

“I am thankful that our community will not be a part of the President's inhumane child detention policy, we must continue fighting to ensure all children are treated with kindness and are reunited with their families as soon as possible. Locking children away and keeping them from their families is not the care needed,” said Stewart.

Senator Stewart, upon learning of the plans in August, immediately brought the issue to the attention of Governor DeSantis, asking him to do all in his power to halt the plans. Another letter went directly to the Department of Health and Human Services questioning the processes used in the selection and establishment of these types of facilities in Central Florida.

“The voices of opposition in Central Florida have been heard and I am grateful for Congresswoman Demings for putting the breaks on this cruel process of deteaining children. These kinds of policies have no place here in the United States or Central Florida,” said Stewart.