The Trump administration has moved hundreds of undocumented immigrant children in the middle of the night from foster shelters to a tent city in Texas designed to house as many as 3,800 kids.
According to the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services has in recent weeks rounded up detained unaccompanied immigrant children held in foster facilities licensed and monitored by individual states and shipped them by bus in the middle of the night to Tornillo, Texas.
In the West Texas border town is a tent city for undocumented immigrant children that was expanded last month from 1,200 to 3,800 beds in order to accommodate the increase of undocumented children in federal custody in what the newspaper calls “a mass reshuffling” that has seen over 1,600 kinds transferred there thus far.
The New York Times reports the move resembles a shift in living conditions for many of the children, who were sleeping approximately two or three to a room in foster homes and shelters but are now being housed in tents of 20 and are sleeping in lines of bunks.
Additionally, the children reportedly no longer have access to the same educational opportunities they did in foster facilities. The only resemblance of an education comes in the form of an optional workbook. In Tornillo, access to legal services is also said to be limited.
The move comes as the federal government has more immigrant children in its custody today (around 13,000) than ever before. Last month, The New York Times reported that the number of immigrant children in federal custody increased from 2,400 in May 2017 to about 12,800 in mid September.
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Source: Christian Post