Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who represents parts of Miami-Dade and all of Monroe Counties in Congress, has written a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, asking her to reconsider plans to move a DHS facility to the building of the former Florida Keys Electric Cooperative in Tavernier, Florida.
The plans of DHS to move into Tavernier have caused opposition from many residents of the area who worry that a detention center in the proposed facility would have a negative effect on their historic community.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "This is a bad bureaucratic plan that does not take into account the uniqueness of this island chain community and its historic character. Many constituents have sought my help in this matter because they are worried over the effects this possible move could have on their small community. Secretary Napolitano has the power to fix this and stop this move. There are many other locations in South Florida where DHS would not have such a large impact and I urge them to look into these options."