Trump Planning To Build Tent Cities In Texas To Detain Thousands Of Immigrant Children
The Trump administration is planning to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to detain between 1,000 and 5,000 immigrant children who have been separated from their parents by the Trump administration.
The Department of Health and Human Services officials told McClatchy that they will visit military bases in Texas — Fort Bliss, Dyess Air Force Base, Goodfellow AFB — as potential sites to detain the children in the Texas heat.
The Trump administration has been filling up its existing child shelters because it continues to separate migrant children from their parents, a new policy put into action by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Leon Fresco, a deputy assistant attorney general under President Obama, said it’s much more expensive to separate the parent and children in different facilities than to keep them together:
The point is separating families is not only controversial, it’s also inordinately more expensive.
Clara Long, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, added:
Detaining children for immigration purposes is never in their best interest and the prospect of detaining kids in tent cities is horrifying. US authorities should focus on keeping families together, ensuring due process in asylum adjudications and protecting the rights of children.