The US government UU It will expand its shelter of stores for immigrant minors that cross the southwest border to 3,800 beds and will keep it open until the end of this year.
The facility in Tornillo, Texas, which originally opened with a 360-bed capacity for 30 days, is expanding based on how many children are under the care of the US Department of Health and Human Services. UU., Agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said in a statement.
This is the third time that the closure of the temporary installation is delayed. It was originally due to close on July 13. It opened on June 14.
"The need to continue the operation at Tornillo is based on the number of unaccompanied foreign children in the care of the Office of Relocation of Refugees in the Administration for Children and Families of HHS, who crossed the border alone without their father or legal guardian. , "HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said according to CBS News.
"The family separations resulting from the zero tolerance policy ended on June 20 and are not driving this need," he added.
Three months after the end of the official application of the policy, more than 400 children remain in the care of the government, far from their parents, many of whom were deported.
The government announced its plan to expand the city of migratory tents in Tornillo, Texas, to finally house up to 3,800 children before the end of the year.
Protesters left shoes and toys for children at the facilities in June. The government originally planned to close the facility, but now it remains open and expanding
The original capacity of the tent was only 360 beds, however, the government says that the need for more beds is not the result of family separations, but that children cross without accompanying or without appropriate legal guardians.
Department officials have visited military bases and other properties in Texas, Arkansas and Arizona that could accommodate more beds for immigrant children, but "no decision was made to use any of these properties," Wolfe said.
While the government has halted large-scale separations, thousands of immigrants continue to arrive on the southwest border every month, mostly from Central American countries irritated by gang violence and poverty.
The US Border Patrol said it arrested nearly 4,000 children who were not accompanied by an adult on the Southwest border in July, the most recent month for which figures are available.
That represented a decline from May and June, but border crossings historically tend to increase as the summer heat gives way to colder temperatures in the fall.
In Texas, the state with the longest segment of the US-Mexico border, 5,168 children were held in government facilities at the beginning of August, about 500 children without capacity, according to figures published by the Health and Human Services Commission. Texas.
The Tornillo facility shows a mental health and case management store that was initially used to house migrants separated from their parents and unaccompanied minors. The government says that the additional beds are for the latter
A "medical clinic" store on the grounds of the Tornillo site in Texas, where the government is planning an expansion to house more underage immigrants
The US Department of Health and Human Services UU He said on Tuesday that the facility will be expanded to 3,800 beds from its initial capacity of 360 beds
The Screw installation is located at the US Customs and Border Protection port of entry. UU Approximately 40 miles southeast of El Paso. The entrance port of Tornillo had previously been used to house children in 2016.
Reporters were allowed to tour the facility in June, shortly after it was reopened as a result of family separations.
At that time, more than 320 children between 13 and 17 years were held in tents with air conditioning. An administrator at the facility told reporters that the main complaint he hears from children on the site is that the tents sometimes get too cold.
Reporters were not allowed to enter any tent with children. Two girls who stopped briefly in front of the journalists said they were fine.