The Trump administration has open three “tender age” shelters in south Texas where babies and toddlers forcibly separated from their parents by border guards are being stored.
They’re basically jails for immigrant babies who are now, for today, functionally orphans.
Our government made these kids orphans.
There is no plan to reunite the families. In this report, one woman says the government can’t tell her where her son is.
We don’t have photos or video from inside the facilities. The government won’t allow journalists in.
The Trump administration is separating families at the border. They’re calling these prisons for kids “tender age shelters.” We don’t know exactly where they are.
“In general we do not identify the locations of permanent unaccompanied alien children program facilities,” said Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe.
The three centers — in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville — have been rapidly repurposed to serve needs of children including some under 5. A fourth, planned for Houston, would house up to 240 children in a warehouse previously used for people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
The government is reportedly planning to open a fourth in Texas, according to AP.
Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.
Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care.
The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations.
“I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. It provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children.
“Toddlers are being detained!” she exclaimed.