The detention heart for migrant youngsters on the homestead will probably be closed

MIAMI (AP)

The Trump administration closes one of the largest U.S. facilities for migrant children, which has been heavily criticized by lawyers and lawmakers

The Homestead, Florida facility was emptied in August but continued to operate in the event that emergency shelters ran out of space for young migrants who had crossed the US-Mexico border.

The U.S. Department of Health announced Monday that it had reduced bed capacity from 1,200 to zero. About 2,000 workers were laid off.

Democratic candidates visited the Miami area facility during the election freeze and attacked the government for detaining children in a cramped detention center operated by a company affiliated with former White House chief of staff John Kelly .

Comprehensive Health Services Inc. was awarded a no-bid contract for $ 341 million earlier this year.

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