Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez says she teared up when she heard audio of children crying in detention families.
A senior administration official tells CBS News that as of Friday night, about 500 children in custody of Customs and Border Protection were reunited with their parents.
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and four of the state's Democratic House members are touring a detention center where about 100 immigrant children taken from their parents are being held.
The demonstrations came days after the Trump administration reversed course in the face of public and political outrage and had authorities stop separating immigrant families caught crossing the US-Mexico border. "We'll not rest until our border is secure, our citizens are safe and we end this immigration crisis once and for all..."
In recent weeks, more than 2,300 children were taken from their families under a "zero-tolerance" policy in which people entering the US illegally face prosecution.
During the incident, protesters screamed "Set the children free" and "Shame on you" to Border Patrol agents who eventually helped maneuver the bus out of the facility, according to CNN. Advocates say family detention does not solve the problem.
Trump said that with a 3.8 percent jobless rate, the United States needs immigrants for jobs that need to be filled, but he wants them to be legal immigrants.
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best", Trump said at the time. She says she doesn't know how many parents she has connected with so far.
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According to the fact sheet, the Department of Health and Human Services has 2,053 separated minors in HHS-funded facilities "and is working with relevant agency partners to foster communications and work towards reuniting every minor and every parent or guardian via well-established reunification processes".
Undocumented immigrants in shackles arrive at a USA federal court for hearings in McAllen, Texas, on June 22, 2018. Everyone - even infants - is assigned "A" or alien numbers, only to be given different identification numbers by other federal agencies.
They described seeing children sleeping behind bars, on concrete floors and under emergency "mylar" heat-resistant blankets. "They know where every child is to be able to connect them to their parent or their relative that came".
The website also features a "Thoughts From Our Manager" section, which highlights quotes from Trump on immigration, including his infamous remarks about Mexicans made during his announcement that he would run for president.
Goodwin said she has been inundated with requests from the parents, and the list is still growing. "We haven't tapped out on the number of adults that have been separated".
"Open Borders Democrats... just want everyone to be released into our country no matter how risky they are", he said in his weekly address Saturday, again trying to link immigrants with crime. About 9,000 such family units have been caught in each of the last three months, according to USA border authorities.
Protests and rallies focused around the separation of families at the U.S. -Mexico border are scheduled this weekend, while more than two dozen congressional Democrats plan to visit detention facilities in Texas. Parents were jailed and children were taken to government-contracted shelters. Right now, children can only be detained with their families for 20 days; Trump officials are seeking to detain them together indefinitely as their cases progress.
A small number of children will remain separated "generally if the familial relationship can not be confirmed", or "we believe the adult is a threat to the safety of the child, or the adult is a criminal alien", HHS said.