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Texas site picked for tent city to house immigrant children

Texas site picked for tent city to house immigrant children”

A Texas immigration shelter housing unaccompanied minors has opened its doors to the public for the first time in the history of its operation amid intense interest after a USA senator was turned away from the facility.

"A phone call or two a day like you're incarcerated, everything is dictated on a schedule".

Video provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday offered a glimpse at life inside Casa Padre, a former Walmart located along the Mexican border that has been home to almost 1,500 immigrant children for more than a year. The center has seen a recent influx of residents as the Trump administration steps up its policy of separating undocumented parents and children, including those attempting to cross the U.S. -Mexico border. But over the last month, the number of boys housed there has increased from around 1,200 to 1,500. It is run by Southwest Key Programs, a social services nonprofit under contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff was one of the reporters allowed in, and his Twitter thread that describes what he saw is a "must read" for anyone who doubts how despicable the current administration truly is.

"HHS is legally required to provide care and shelter for all unaccompanied alien children referred by DHS, and works in close coordination with DHS on the security and safety of the children and community", Wolfe said in a statement. Once cleared, the boys stay at Casa Padre for an average of 49 days. As Soboroff wrote on Twitter, although "there are no cells and no cages, and they get to go to classes about American history and watch Moana ... they're in custody".

There is a mural of Donald Trump when you walk in, with the quote, "Sometimes losing a battle you find a new way to win the war". Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) enter.

In a report on "All In with Chris Hayes", Soboroff compared the facility to a prison, where about 1,400 boys between the ages of 10 and 17 are kept indoors for 22 hours per day.



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