Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tent-like shelter for immigrant minors shows flawed policy, Republican says

Tent-like shelter for immigrant minors shows flawed policy, Republican says

"I'd like to say it's un-American, but it's happening right now in America".

A Republican congressman from Texas who toured a tent-like shelter for hundreds of minors who entered the country illegally said on Saturday the facility is a byproduct of a flawed immigration strategy.

The Trump administration has for months sought solutions for accommodating the rising number of unaccompanied children and migrant families apprehended at the border in recent months.

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

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Children will begin arriving in the next few days, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for their care.

The facility, known as Casa Padre, is the largest shelter facility in the USA for minors caught crossing the border illegally.

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

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They then spend up to 72 hours in "intake", where they are vaccinated and checked for maladies including tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases.

One DHS official said the past practice of releasing parents who illegally crossed the border pending a court hearing only created incentives to break the law.

The department chose the site in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, according to the spokesperson.

"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.

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O'Rourke denounced the "inhumane separation of children from their parents" and the conditions at the tent camp, and complained that migrants who present themselves at ports of entry, seeking legal asylum, are being denied due process.

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