Office of refugee resettlement

Homestead: On the front lines of the migrant children debate

Protesters hold cardboard hearts up in front of the Homestead migrant children detention facility. They hope the children across the fence can see them. (Jinitzail Hernández/CQ Roll Call)

The immigration debate in southern Florida is not like those of any of the other detention centers around the U.S. Homestead sits on 55-acres of land sandwiched between buildings abandoned due to hurricane damage and the Homestead Air Reserve Base. The ground is a mix of gravel and grass and locals say heavy rains hit every afternoon.