Skip to comments.Government to expand, extend Texas tent shelter for children
Posted on 09/11/2018 3:04:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The U.S. government will expand its tent shelter for immigrant minors crossing the southwest border to 3,600 beds and keep it open through the end of this year, an agency spokesman said Tuesday.
The facility at Tornillo, Texas, which originally opened with a 360-bed capacity for 30 days, is being expanded based on how many children are in the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, agency spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said in a statement.
Wolfe said the announced expansion was not due to the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, which led to the separations of more than 2,500 children from their parents. Three months after enforcement of the policy officially ended, more than 400 children remain in government care, away from their parents, many of whom were deported.
Those previous family separations "are not driving this need," Wolfe said. He said 1,400 of the beds will be placed "on reserve status."
Department officials have visited military bases and other properties in Texas, Arkansas, and Arizona that could host more beds for immigrant children, but "no decision to use any of these properties has been made," Wolfe said.
While the government has stopped large-scale separations, thousands of immigrants continue to arrive at the southwest border each month, mostly from Central American countries roiled by gang violence and poverty.
The U.S. Border Patrol said it apprehended nearly 4,000 children unaccompanied by an adult at the southwest border in July, the most recent month for which figures are available. That represented a decrease from May and June, but border crossings historically tend to rise as the summer heat gives way to cooler temperatures in fall.
In Texas, the state with the longest segment of the U.S.-Mexico border, 5,168 children were being held in government facilities in early August, about 500 children short of capacity, according to figures released by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
The Tornillo facility is at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of El Paso. The Tornillo port of entry had previously been used to shelter children in 2016.
Reporters were allowed to tour the facility in June , shortly after it was re-opened in the wake of family separations.
At the time, more than 320 children ages 13 to 17 were being held in air-conditioned tents. A facility administrator told reporters that the main complaint he hears from children on site is that the tents sometimes get too cold.
Reporters were not allowed to enter any tents holding children. Two girls who stopped briefly in front of reporters said that they were doing well.
I’ll bet our homeless veterans would enjoy those comfortable, air-conditioned tents, three meals a day, snacks, recreation and medical/dental care.
Ill bet they would at that.
We should consider one-for-one trades.
Someone who want s to get into the US for a better life from a current citizen who thinks socialism outside the US is better.
We could ask for US volunteers who want to swap and make a list.
Every single one of our vets deserves at least as much.
Give the illegals the boot.
Government does absolute sh1t for men.
Men fund and build stuff that takes care of non-men. They are resource providers, not resource users.
Someone who want s to get into the US for a better life from a current citizen who thinks socialism outside the US is better...
I would sweeten the pot even further -- they can keep their welfare for life. But their children must become citizens of wherever they end up.
If true, one wonders what law permits, or even requires the government to not hand the child over to returned parents as they leave the US. (If the deported parent was not identified as such at the time, then hand the child over to Mexican officials.)
Interesting that Mexico and the others have not launched a loud protest, as would the United States.
Something like 80% of the kids did NOT come with adults that were their parents.
In a sane world we would proceed as though there is a parent somewhere in Mexico, or one of its southern neighbors, who is looking for their child.
It would seem proper to deliver the 80% to the U.S. offices of Mexio's government, or that of the child's native country, for proper return.
Those governments are better equipped than the U.S. to resolve such family matters. Such a policy would have the additional result of Mexico more strongly enforcing its borders thereby reducing the damage to the U.S.
Rhetorical question: "What happens when a country refuses to enforce its borders?"
Knowing how prevalent human trafficking is, especially the worst kind that preys on children, another question is What happens when SOME people in a country disregard child sex slavery for their own political purposes?
The worst possible answer is that there are those that are fine with the added Democrat voters (illegal or not), the cheap labor and the pedophilia.
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