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US opens new child detention center in rural Texas after reports of overcrowding at border facilities

migrant children in Carrizo Springs, TexasEric Gay/AP

  • A former oilfield worker camp off a dirt road in rural Texas has become the US government's newest holding center for detaining migrant children after they leave Border Patrol stations.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said about 225 children are being held at the site in Carrizo Springs, with plans to expand to as many as 1,300, making it one of the biggest camps in the US government system.
  • HHS said the location is a comfortable environment for children while they wait to be placed with family members or sponsors in the US.
  • But immigrant advocates and others liken such places to child prison camps and have raised concerns that the isolated location will make it hard to provide legal aid.
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CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A former oilfield worker camp off a dirt road in rural Texas has become the U.S. government's newest holding center for detaining migrant children after they leave Border Patrol stations, where complaints of overcrowding and filthy conditions have sparked a worldwide outcry.

Inside the wire fence that encircles the site are soccer fields, a giant air-conditioned tent that serves as a dining hall, and trailers set up for use as classrooms and as places where children can call their families.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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