What it's like where the US is holding 1,400 immigrant children


The federal government is looking for additional places to put the surge of immigrant children coming across the border seeking asylum.

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The administration's decision to separate children, combined with the flow of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border illegally, has prompted a surge in the number of children in United States shelters. By Friday, the first tent shelter was up and running, holding about 200 kids, 20 percent of whom had been forcibly separated from their parents.

The children, nonetheless, spend most of their day inside a converted store, the walls of which are plastered with murals of USA presidents and quotations from them.

The children attend school in two shifts and get two hours outside a day, divided into one hour of physical exercise and one hour of free time.

The numbers of children in existing facilities have surged as the Trump administration institutes a policy of trying to prosecute all people who cross the southern USA border without legal permission.

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Employees at Casa Padre, a former Walmart that houses almost 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children in Brownsville, Texas, called the police on Sen.

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.

"Our goal is to reunite kids with their families", Rodriguez said. Once cleared, the boys stay at Casa Padre for an average of 49 days.

"You might want to smile", Southwest Key executive Alexia Rodriguez told journalists at one point on the tour. From October through May, the Border Patrol apprehended 32,372 unaccompanied minors, up about 1,300 from a year earlier.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), whose district includes the Tornillo area, sponsored legislation in 2016 to name the port of entry there for Marcelino Serna, the most-decorated Texas soldier in World War I. Serna joined the Army in 1917 to avoid deportation to his native Mexico.

Sanchez, who also is featured on a large wall mural at Casa Padre, declined to discuss whether harsher border policies are benefitting or straining Southwest Key.

McClatchy reported Tuesday - and a Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson later confirmed - that the federal government was eyeing Fort Bliss near El Paso, Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene and Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo as possible sites for tent cities to shelter the children.