A Tent City to house Migrant Kids

Saul Bowman
June 18, 2018

The government released video on Thursday, showing the inside of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facility that's sheltering children who entered the country illegally.

Asked if children will be kept in tents, Wolfe said the facility would have "soft-sided structures", but didn't immediately clarify what those structures would be.

The numbers of children in existing facilities have surged as the Trump administration institutes a zero tolerance policy against families that try to enter the US without legal permission.

US protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime, though the parents are.

The Tornillo site will take in 360 children in the coming days and expand from there, according to the department spokesperson. The Trump administration has backed family separations, including in asylum cases, as part of efforts to deter illegal immigration.

O'Rourke said he was planning to march to Tornillo, Texas, where the government is holding unaccompanied immigrant children, and several other Democratic lawmakers are due to visit immigration centers in South Texas.

A child from El Salvador clings to his mother after she surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents near Rio Grande City, Tex., in December.

"How do these kids know where their parents are going and how do the parents know where their children went?"


Inside the facility, called Casa Padre, there are some painted murals of President Donald Trump that feature quotes, including one that read in English and Spanish: "Sometimes losing a battle you find a new way to win the war", Soboroff reported.

Journalists have not been allowed access to the tent city.

Officials at Casa Padre said, "The goal is to reunite families". In 2016, to accommodate a surge of unaccompanied minors, around 500 children were temporarily held at Fort Bliss' Dona Ana Range Complex, near Chaparral, New Mexico.

The family separation policy is imposed by the White House. Hurd said the treatment of minors should not be used as a threatening means to prevent others from entering the US.

Once the crowd stopped at the port of entry, MA representative Joe Kennedy surprised the crowd, later saying the exact nature of the unaccompanied minors in the center is uncertain.

"This is an issue about how should you treat children".

Contributing: Madlin Mekelburg and Daniel Boruda of the El Paso Times, Greg Jaklewicz of the Abilene Reporter News.

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