On Thursday, MSNBC revealed that the office of Health and Human Services planned to build tent cities to incarcerate kids spilling over from other facilities. The visit came shortly after a controversy in which the shelter barred Democratic Sen.
Reuters/Loren ElliotBorder patrol agents apprehend immigrants who illegally crossed the Mexico-US border in the Rio Grande Valley sector, near McAllen, Texas, April 5, 2018.
Soboroff noted that children in the detention center are supposed to sleep four to a room but that since the increase in admissions, most rooms house five. In May, Casa Padre was licensed at a capacity of 1,186, according to the New York Times. "Anyone who enters the country and makes a claim for asylum will see their day in court, they will have their claim heard". The facility also offers video games and pool tables for recreation. It is brightly lit and areas such as the vehicle oil changing station have been repurposed for activities like watching movies.
This comes after a U.S. Senator was denied entry the facility. The one that has perhaps drawn the most attention is of President Donald Trump himself.
One of the strangest things about the facility, Soboroff said, is the mural of Trump you see right when you enter, with the quote, in both English and Spanish: "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war".
Children will begin arriving in the next few days, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for their care.
Founder and CEO of the nonprofit, Juan Sanchez, said only national media was invited, and declined an interview. "After any reported medical error, Southwest Key investigates the situation as well as the relevant staff member (s) to determine appropriate next steps", the spokesperson said, adding, "Staff are subject to discipline, up to and including employment termination, as a result of these such instances".
The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that in the past two months, almost 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border.