Surge in children separated at border floods facility for undocumented immigrants

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

Images of an immigrant child detention center show the conditions in which almost 1,500 undocumented migrant boys are being sheltered in Brownsville, Texas. The childcare facilities are run by the non-profit organization Southwest Key Programs and is contracted with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an umbrella agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Jeff Merkeley (D-Ore.) last month, but on Tuesday, MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff was given a tour of the facility.

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

"I've been in federal prison before and county jails, these kids are incarcerated,"Soboroff said after the hour long tour. They get to go to school, it's not dirty, the conditions are not bad inside, but they are incarcerated", he said". A shelter employee asked him and other reporters to smile at hundreds of migrant kids in line for food because "they feel like animals in a cage being looked at".

In a report on "All In with Chris Hayes", Soboroff compared the facility to a prison, where about 1,400 boys between the ages of 10 and 17 are kept indoors for 22 hours per day. They are given pre-planned meals three times a day, with hundreds of children being called to eat on rotating shifts. "This is the United States of America, and a tent city is being erected for children who have come across the border or children who have been separated by their parents by the USA government", she asked reporter Jacob Soboroff. "Staff are subject to discipline, up to and including employment termination, as a result of these such instances".

Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the us border as part of the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, according to two USA officials and a document obtained by NBC News.

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