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Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

Governments have existed historically to offer aid, security and order, and for just as long, churches have done the same.

So, when the federal government could not answer people’s questions about separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, people looked to the faith community to speak up.

And, Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane did.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar went before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday to discuss prescription drug pricing. However, several committee members, including Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), also grilled Azar over his department’s treatment of migrant children separated from their families at the border. 

Nelson didn’t exactly get the answers he was looking for regarding an estimated 70 separated children being held at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in South Florida.

Rachel Iacovone / WGCU

Student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting embarked on a statewide bus tour from Parkland last week.

SWFL Student Activists Meet the MSD Peers Who Inspired Them

Jun 26, 2018
Sarajane Sullivan / WGCU

Student activists were able to meet the peers who inspire them Tuesday at a Road to Change tour stop in Punta Gorda. Student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting embarked on a statewide bus tour from Parkland last week to encourage young people to vote. 

16-year-old Lianna Hubbard was at the group's voter registration event Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) expressed continued frustration during a press conference Monday over the lack of answers he has been able to receive about an estimated 70 children separated from their families and being held at a facility in Homestead. 

Nelson called out Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar, saying he was giving the HHS Secretary “advanced notice” of questions he expects answers too when Azar appears Tuesday before the Senate Finance Committee.

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