HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl has run away from a Florida detention facility being used to house migrant children.
Homestead Police said they received a call from staff at the Homestead Air Reserve base on Friday saying the teen had run away while being transported to an eye exam. An anonymous tipster told authorities the girl was hiding behind a large toolbox inside an auto care shop.
Authorities found her and took her back to the facility. Her name was not released.
The incident comes as President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy has stoked global outrage and led to thousands of families being separated at the border. The government had until the end of day Thursday to reunify more than 2,500 families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, but hundreds of families remain separated a day after Thursday’s court-ordered deadline, with no reunification in sight.