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US Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children

00:40  13 june  2018
00:40  13 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children

. The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families have been apprehended since 2014, when a surge of Salvadoran, Honduran

Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona, U.S. June 18, 2014.© REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool/File Photo Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona, U.S. June 18, 2014.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention.

The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming weeks to look at a parcel of land where the administration is considering building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans.

Military bases eyed as site for tent cities to house migrant children, report says

  Military bases eyed as site for tent cities to house migrant children, report says In the coming weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss Army base near El Paso as a potential tent city for between 1,000 and 5,000 children, McClatchy reports, citing U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans. HHS officials confirmed they are looking at Fort Bliss, along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo as sites for temporary shelters, the news service said.

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The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities around Texas to shelter the increasing number of migrant children being held in detention as part of President The CPB provided media tours in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing unaccompanied children .

HHS officials confirmed that they’re looking at the Fort Bliss site along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo for potential use as temporary shelters.

The aggressive plan comes at the same time that child shelters are filling up with more children who have been separated from their parents. The number of migrant children held in U.S. government custody without their parents has increased more than 20 percent as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rolled out the administration's new policy zero tolerance policy that separates children from their parents who now face prosecution.

More than 10,000 migrant children are being held at HHS shelters, which are now 95 percent full.

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The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention. The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming

The Trump administration is considering erecting tent cities at a military base in Texas to house unaccompanied migrant children currently held in detention, McClatchy reported on Tuesday. In the coming weeks, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials will visit Fort Bliss, the

The Trump administration has blamed Congress for allowing loopholes that require federal authorities to release illegal immigrants to await hearings for which many don’t show up.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a roundtable last month with Trump charged that those loopholes also prevent the administration from quickly deporting unaccompanied children.

“It can take months and sometimes years to adjudicate those claims once they get into the federal immigration court system, and they often fail to appear for immigration proceedings,” Rosenstein said. “In fact, approximately 6,000 unaccompanied children each year fail to appear when they've been summoned. They're released and they don't show up again.”

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families have been apprehended since 2014, when a surge of Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan mothers and children raced into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, fleeing violence and poverty.

She fled Honduras to save her son. In the US, she fears they'll be apart

  She fled Honduras to save her son. In the US, she fears they'll be apart Dalia Suyapa held her son close by her side as Border Patrol agents watched their every move before taking them to a processing center. The 24-year-old mother says she fled Honduras to escape gang violence, and was ready to face an uncertain fate in the United States. But she didn't know being separated from her son, Cesar, was a possibility. "I didn't know that they could separate me from my son. I didn't know," she said."Yes, (I am) very scared. He is my son and I love him. I've carried him throughout the journey and it was hard," she added.

It still look like a prison, but it wouldn't look as bad as a tent city that you'd only expect to see in African refugee camps. This is also horrible given the reason increase in communicable diseases in the US that places like these function as absolute breeding grounds. Do you want pandemic?

You wouldn’t look at a Polish Jew fleeing to Russia ahead of the Nazis and then say it’s their own And the vast majority of these unaccompanied minors are from Central America, crossing the It has to be repeated that there's no law mandating the forced separation of migrant children from parents.

The unaccompanied children are generally turned over to family or held in an HHS shelter, like a detention center or tent city. Now those who arrive with their parents are being separated from them and also sent to HHS shelters or sponsor families.

Leon Fresco, a deputy assistant attorney general under President Barack Obama, who defended that administration's use of family detention, said the Trump administration is also likely going to need to return to Congress soon for more money if it wants to keep up this aggressive detention approach. He said it's much more expensive to separate the parent and children and hold them in two different facilities than keeping them together using a monitoring system.

“The point is separating families is not only controversial, it’s also inordinately more expensive,” Fresco said.

Advocates accused the Trump administration of using the children as pawns to score political points.

“Detaining children for immigration purposes is never in their best interest and the prospect of detaining kids in tent cities is horrifying,” said Clara Long, U.S. researcher at Human Rights Watch. “US authorities should focus on keeping families together, ensuring due process in asylum adjudications and protecting the rights of children."


The Trump Administration Is Scouting Military Bases to House Migrant Children .
With federal facilities running out of room, the Trump Administration is assessing whether military bases in Texas and Arkansas can house immigrant children who are apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border without an adult relative or separated from parents. The ongoing assessments are due to increasing number of minors under 18 years-old who are being held by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency, which is responsible for caring for the children until they can be given to an adult relative, stated it already holds more than 10,000 children in a network of 100 shelters in 14 states.Army Lt.

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