Offbeat Teenage boy reported missing from Texas' Southwest Key Casa Padre facility, police say
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The best news: most kids are in touch with their parents. The worst: no plan or time table for reuniting them.“The facilities are nice," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on emerging from the military-style compound where he had been refused entry earlier this week. “The question is the reunification of the 2,300 children across the country separated from their parents.
A teenage boy has been reported missing from a care facility in Brownsville, Texas, a police official said Sunday.
Brownsville Detective J.J. Treviño said police officers were called to thelocation after reports of a missing 15-year-old boy who ran away from the facility, the largest migrant children's center in the United States.
Jeff Eller, spokesman for the nonprofit, which runs the facility, confirmed that a teenage boy left the center on Saturday and that facility officials called local law enforcement. An official with US Health & Human Services confirmed a boy ran away, but could not confirm what happened to him after that.
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Before the child left the facility, authorities were in contact with an individual in Dallas who claimed to be the child's father, the source said. While attempting to reunite the child and "father," the source said it was discovered the man may not really have been the boy's biological father. While authorities were trying to determine the man's relationship to the boy, the 15-year-old left the facility.
Officers searched the surrounding area and waterways for the teen, but did not find him. Police have entered the boy's information into the missing children's database.
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Federal suit claims violations of minors’ constitutional rights, saying the government is causing “grave harm to children detained for alleged civil violations” of crossing the border. Lucas R. is the pseudonym that attorneys assigned to the 12-year-old from Guatemala detained in February.In his case, the suit alleges the boy was placed in Hacienda del Sol, a shelter in Arizona run by the government contractor Southwest Key. When he first arrived, the lawsuit says, staff noted that Lucas “appeared cooperative, calm, and alert, and showed ‘no behavioral concerns.
The "father" was informed the child left the care facility property, the source told CNN. On Sunday afternoon, the "father" said the 15-year-old called him and said he was back in Mexico after going across the river, the source told CNN. The child is getting money from his "father" to travel back to Honduras, the source said.
"I can tell you he's alive," the source said of the 15-year-old.
Staff at the Casa Padre facility are not allowed to restrain children if they decide to leave, the source said.
Eller, the Southwest Key Programs spokesman, said the same thing. "As a licensed child care center, if a child attempts to leave any of our facilities, we cannot restrain them," he said. "We are not a detention center. We talk to them and try to get them to stay. If they leave the property, we call law enforcement."
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As soon as children walk across the care facility property line, by law they become a missing child under the jurisdiction of the local police department, the source said. The source did not know if the children in the care facility are aware they can leave the facility at any time. When a child does leave, the Office of Refugee Resettlement is notified.
Juan Sanchez, the founder and president of Southwest Key Programs, said children at the shelter are able to call their families. Southwest Key Programs, as part of its intake process, works to find out how to get in touch with family members, Sanchez said. Parents held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities may not have phone access or be reachable, he acknowledged, but he said that "a majority of separated children have other family here they can call."
The Casa Padre shelter opened last year. Southwest Key Programs, which has operated immigrant children's shelters since 1997, operates 26 other shelters in Texas, Arizona and California. Aside form undocumented children, the nonprofit also handles other children and has received more than $807 million in federal grants over the past three fiscal years for services for immigrant children.
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the, the average population of a Southwest Key Programs shelter jumped by nearly 300 in less than a month, said Martin Hinojosa, the program's director of compliance.
CNN's Tal Kopan, AnneClaire Stapleton, Bob Ortega and Devon Sayers contributed to this report.
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