Immigrant Minors in Texas: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, in English) plans to expand the capacity of the “temporary shelter” for unaccompanied minors who enter the country illegally, from 1,200 beds to 3,800.
The government of President Donald Trump will increase the capacity of a shelter for undocumented immigrant minors located in Texas, multiplying by three the number of available beds, informed the Executive Efe.
The Capacity of Shelter for Immigrant Minors in Texas
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to expand the capacity of the “temporary shelter” for unaccompanied minors who enter the country illegally in Tornillo (Texas), from 1,200 beds to 3,800 before the end of the year, told Efe the area spokesman, Kenneth Wolfe.
Wolfe emphasized that capacity expansion “is based on the number of unaccompanied minors who are under the care of the Office of Refugee Relocation (ORR) within the department.
“The ‘family separations’ that resulted from the policies of ‘zero tolerance’ ended on June 20, 2018, and do not motivate this need,” said the spokesman, distancing the reforms from the controversial measures promoted by the Trump cabinet.
In this sense, Wolfe also explained that of the 3,800, 1,400 will remain in “reserved” status.
He also commented that they will be adding capacity to what they have defined as “temporary shelter” of Tornillo, as they need it.
Wolfe recalled that HHS is “legally obligated” to provide care and housing to all these children who are sent by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
According to the spokesman, 12,800 of these children are today under the protection of HHS.
The “zero tolerance” measures, which Wolfe disassociates from the extension, were applied as of April, when the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered that all immigrants who entered the country irregularly through the southern border be criminally prosecuted. in practice it meant the division of families; in June, Trump put an end to the separations.
Due to these “zero tolerance” policies against illegal immigration, a total of 2,654 undocumented minors were separated from their parents who arrived at the border with Mexico to seek asylum.
According to the last judicial document of the case that is judged on the subject in San Diego, 2,181 of those children have already been returned to their parents.
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