Unsettling Trump Mural Greets Children at Detention Center in Former Walmart

MSNBC reporter Detained immigrant children 'effectively incarcerated' in Texas facility

MSNBC reporter Detained immigrant children 'effectively incarcerated' in Texas facility

The vast majority of the boys crossed illegally and unaccompanied, but Casa Padre is nearing capacity as more children are separated from their parents at the border and shipped there.

Since last December, the Trump administration started to separate families to combat illegal immigration.

The administration's decision to separate children, combined with the flow of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the border illegally, has prompted a surge in the number of children in USA shelters.

Nearly two weeks ago, Senator Jeff Merkley made public a video that showed him being forbidden from entering the Brownsville facility in Texas where immigrant children are detained while their parents wait to face a federal judge.

Images of a detention center for immigrant children show the conditions in which almost 1,500 boys are being sheltered in Brownsville, Texas.

At the Casa Padre shelter, which opened past year, the surge in numbers has been palpable. Adults are everywhere. The ratio is one counselor to eight children, to keep them in line and watch for behavioral and emotional problems.

"They are not in cells they're free to walk around, but they're allowed outside for two hours a day and they're in an old Walmart for 22 hours a day". It is armed with an in-house team of 48 medical staffs and three on-call physicians.

The facility is a former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, not far from the Mexican border. Because of the crowding, the boys attend school in six-hour morning or afternoon shifts, five days a week.

The shelter was reported to be clean and well staffed.

A photo in a handout given by the management of the Casa Padre detention centre in Brownsville, Texas, to MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff.

Reporters who visited the shelter were not allowed to interview the children, but said that the kids did not look visibly upset.

While the family separation policy is debated in Washington, those most heavily impacted remain detained in facilities like Southwest Key. From October through May, the Border Patrol apprehended 32,372 unaccompanied minors, up about 1,300 from a year earlier. -Mexico border between ports of entry.

Sanchez, who also is featured on a large wall mural at Casa Padre, declined to discuss whether harsher border policies are benefitting or straining Southwest Key.

The first "soft-sided facilities", as the government calls them, have already been erected in Tornillo, Texas, a border town about 40 miles southeast of El Paso, said Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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