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Interviews, emails and memos detailing the strategy show that officials knew that without enough beds in government shelters, children would languish in Border Patrol stations not equipped to care for them.
Some separated children cried inconsolably. Others thought their parents had abandoned them and were angry and confused. The chaotic reunification process only added to the ordeal.
More than a year after President Donald Trump ended the policy that led to widespread family separations, migrant advocates say the government continues separating children from parents for questionable reasons.
The Border Patrol facility in Clint has been under intense scrutiny after reports surfaced last week alleging children were held without adequate water, food and proper sanitation.
The administration says a huge influx of unaccompanied minors at the U.S-Mexico border has strained the budget and forced it to cut services at federal migrant shelters across the country.
A new rule backs up federal laws that protect clinicians who refuse to provide abortions and certain other services over religious beliefs. Some critics fear it could lead to denial of medical care to LGBT people.
After six months of controversy and protests, the tent city erected near a desert port of entry will close after federal officials can find new accommodations for more than 800 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally.
The facility, which critics have called a “tent city” and sits on a remote port of entry, was opened in June to house mainly unaccompanied minors who crossed the border without parents or guardians
Aerial view of the tent city at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The shelter opened in June and has…
Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, is pictured in Brownsville on June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott