Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Reporter Compares Children's Immigration Detention Center to Jail

Reporter Compares Children's Immigration Detention Center to Jail

The numbers of children in existing facilities have surged as the Trump administration institutes a policy of trying to prosecute all people who cross the southern US border without legal permission.

Soboroff was reporting on his visit to Casa Padre, an immigration detention center in Brownsville, Texas, for boys ages 10 to 17.

This shelter, Casa Padre, has been cited 13 times for violations or deficiencies by state regulators since its establishment in March 2017, but Southwest Key and federal officials did not mention such violation on the tour on Wednesday. The company that runs the facility, Southwest Key, told the Washington Post its goal is to take care of the children.

This comes after a U.S. Senator was denied entry the facility.

The Brownsville facility and others like it have licensed professionals on staff, but they are close to overflowing which will lead to the creation of a series of "tent cities" that don't require licensed professionals. In May, Casa Padre was licensed at a capacity of 1,186, according to the New York Times.

The move comes after an uptick in the amount of migrant children in government custody, stemming from the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy toward people caught illegally crossing the border.

"This is barbaric. This is not what America is, but this is the policy of the Trump administration", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"On this Father's Day I'm thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border".

"Whether that means those individuals actually approached the border unaccompanied or whether they were separated from families and after that separating then deemed as unaccompanied", Kennedy said. Adults are everywhere. The ratio is one counselor to eight children, to keep them in line and watch for behavioral and emotional problems. "It's to be expected", said Juan Sanchez, the founder and CEO. On the walls of the facility are murals of US presidents, patriotic slogans, and lots of Pokémon posters.

The quotation attached to a picture of Donald Trump reads, "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war". Then they're turned over to family members or foster families. Center officials initially said they'd call the police on the visitors, but eventually allowed in the delegation.

On average, migrant children spend more than 50 days in HHS care while the agency identifies and screens potential sponsors - usually a relative living in the United States - who can assume custody.

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