U.S. to open temporary shelter for immigrant children in west Texas

Adjust Comment Print

From El Paso to Abilene to San Angelo, local leaders and immigrant advocates questioned and decried a proposal this week that would house immigrant children in tent cities across Texas.

As you've surely heard, children are being taken and separated from their parents because of President Trump and Jeff Sessions' "Zero Tolerance" illegal immigration policy.

The Trump administration is facing mounting outrage over its decision to systematically bring criminal charges against undocumented immigrants detained at the border, which forces them into federal prisons where children can not stay.

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

Ninety percent of the residents at Casa Padre traveled to the United States alone seeking protection; the remainder were separated from their families at the border under a controversial new policy by the Trump administration.

Republican Rep. Will Hurd said Saturday that after touring a center in his Texas district where migrant children were being held "makes it very clear that in the home of the free and land of the fearless, we should not be using kids as a deterrent policy".

"We're trying to do the best that we can taking care of these children".

More news: The 'trend' that is troubling the US

A smarter immigration strategy would address root problems such as economic instability and a breakdown in the rule of law in Central America, he said, while noting the need to use advanced technology and manpower to guard the border.

State and federal lawmakers from the El Paso area decried that proposal earlier this week, particularly raising concerns about housing children on military bases.

This is a new policy started by the Trump administration, called "zero tolerance". Vitiello said the policy is meant to deter families of immigrants from coming to the U.S.

"Our goal is to reunite kids with their families", Rodriguez said. He said that initially there will be 360 beds, with more added if needed.

"Nobody likes this policy", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on NBC's "Face the Nation".

"My constituents that are outraged. they should know that I'm outraged too", Hurd said.

As Julian Aguilar, a reporter with the Texas Tribune, explained to NPR on Saturday, the tent city "popped up literally overnight". He also pointed to Arpaio's fall from grace and ultimate conviction as a lesson for the Trump administration.

Comments