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US Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children

00:40  13 june  2018
00:40  13 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Republicans in Congress have introduced several bills that would include aspects of Trump 's priorities, but many Democrats and immigration groups see the proposals as too harsh. The White House 's wish list targets the flow of unaccompanied minors into the United States. It would require such children

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Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona, U.S. June 18, 2014.© REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool/File Photo Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona, U.S. June 18, 2014.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is looking to build tent cities at military posts around Texas to shelter the increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention.

The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming weeks to look at a parcel of land where the administration is considering building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans.

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Many of these children will end up in New York City . Mark-Viverito's recommendation comes as the federal government scrambles to respond to the surge in unaccompanied child Officials have specifically looked to cities around the country, including New York, for additional housing resources.

We look at one of the most controversial policies President Obama passes on to Donald Trump : family detention. But thousands of women and children continue to come. In Texas, agents have erected large tents to hold them, near El Paso, in a small town called Donna. It’s like a tent city .

HHS officials confirmed that they’re looking at the Fort Bliss site along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo for potential use as temporary shelters.

The aggressive plan comes at the same time that child shelters are filling up with more children who have been separated from their parents. The number of migrant children held in U.S. government custody without their parents has increased more than 20 percent as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rolled out the administration's new policy zero tolerance policy that separates children from their parents who now face prosecution.

More than 10,000 migrant children are being held at HHS shelters, which are now 95 percent full.

Military bases eyed as site for tent cities to house migrant children, report says

  Military bases eyed as site for tent cities to house migrant children, report says In the coming weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss Army base near El Paso as a potential tent city for between 1,000 and 5,000 children, McClatchy reports, citing U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans. HHS officials confirmed they are looking at Fort Bliss, along with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo as sites for temporary shelters, the news service said.

“I think it shows, probably, the effectiveness of the Trump presidency and another success story as we wrap up the year and certainly something that could be looked at,” White House press secretary The CBP apprehended 104,997 families along the southwest border and 48,681 unaccompanied children .

“It’s tented so that it is air conditioned and can fully serve as an indoor environment.” The building is slated to house up to 800 refugee children ages 0-18 from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico The HHS reported in December that the unaccompanied children could begin to arrive as early as February.

The Trump administration has blamed Congress for allowing loopholes that require federal authorities to release illegal immigrants to await hearings for which many don’t show up.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a roundtable last month with Trump charged that those loopholes also prevent the administration from quickly deporting unaccompanied children.

“It can take months and sometimes years to adjudicate those claims once they get into the federal immigration court system, and they often fail to appear for immigration proceedings,” Rosenstein said. “In fact, approximately 6,000 unaccompanied children each year fail to appear when they've been summoned. They're released and they don't show up again.”

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families have been apprehended since 2014, when a surge of Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan mothers and children raced into the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, fleeing violence and poverty.

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Much of the testimony focused on the recent immigration of unaccompanied minors from Central America The Time reference was one of his earliest, but Trump often mentions MS-13 to reinforce his immigration policy. Allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across the U.S. … ,” he’s tweeted.

Trump gave Congress six months to find a legislative alternative, then struck a framework deal last month with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of And, it called for boosting fees at border crossings, making it easier to deport gang members and unaccompanied children , and overhauling

The unaccompanied children are generally turned over to family or held in an HHS shelter, like a detention center or tent city. Now those who arrive with their parents are being separated from them and also sent to HHS shelters or sponsor families.

Leon Fresco, a deputy assistant attorney general under President Barack Obama, who defended that administration's use of family detention, said the Trump administration is also likely going to need to return to Congress soon for more money if it wants to keep up this aggressive detention approach. He said it's much more expensive to separate the parent and children and hold them in two different facilities than keeping them together using a monitoring system.

“The point is separating families is not only controversial, it’s also inordinately more expensive,” Fresco said.

Advocates accused the Trump administration of using the children as pawns to score political points.

“Detaining children for immigration purposes is never in their best interest and the prospect of detaining kids in tent cities is horrifying,” said Clara Long, U.S. researcher at Human Rights Watch. “US authorities should focus on keeping families together, ensuring due process in asylum adjudications and protecting the rights of children."


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