USA housing migrant children in tents near Mexico border
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 18, 2018,
Jun 18, 2018, 2:31
"This place is called a shelter, but effectively these kids are incarcerated, Soboroff said on MSNBC, pointing to photos he took during a tour supervised by the US Health and Human Services department". The children are only allowed two hours a day for outdoor activities and spend the rest of their days inside a former Walmart.
A new, temporary shelter is set to open in southwest Texas for the goal of housing children separated from their parents after they've been detained at the border. Parents held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities may not have phone access or be reachable, he acknowledged, but he said that "a majority of separated children have other family here they can call". According to data collected by The New York Times, more than 700 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since October, including more than 100 children under the age of four.
A Republican congressman from Texas who toured a tent-like shelter for hundreds of minors who entered the country illegally said on Saturday the facility is a byproduct of a flawed immigration strategy.
But critics have denounced the policy that leads to separation of families as cruel and the prospect of tent cities as inhumane. "America is a shining city on a hill'" said Reagan.
Texas State Representative Mary Gonzalez, a Democrat whose district includes the El Paso area, tweeted that the shelter was not appropriate for children.
In just the first two weeks after Sessions announced that policy, 658 children crossed the border with their families and were presumably taken into ORR custody, according to Customs and Border Protection testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on May 23.
Hurd said he found many teenagers at the detention center - and HHS officials could provide no information on them or their circumstances.
This comes after a U.S. Senator was denied entry the facility.
"I am not convinced at this point that housing them in our military installations is the best short-term answer, especially if it harms regular base operations, crowds our servicemembers and distracts from the mission of defense", he said. He said no other former Walmart sites are being used to house youths as part of its program for unaccompanied children. But the Trump administration has largely dismissed the complaints.
"This is an issue about how should you treat children".