The US border officer detained about 200 unaccompanied children who crossed the southern border yesterday, down from over 2,500 in May, following the increase in Congress funding.
The reduction was followed by two government checks that exposed crowded and dirty conditions at the border detention facility, warming up the debate on President Donald Trump’s hard-core policy.
Almost all unaccompanied children arrested by border officers were handed over to the Department of Health and Humanitarian Services (HHS) authorities within 72 hours of detention, officials who refused to be known to the media.
Critics culminated after government inspectors and immigrants found evidence, children detained over legal permissible limits at facilities unsuitable for placing them.
The number increased the majority of families and children from Central America who travel alone, mostly seeking asylum in the US, surprised the authorities as the Trump administration put pressure to limit the illegal and illegal immigrants.
Border officials’ hand over children to HHS-funded or funded facilities such as the newly opened tents camp in Texas here, nearly 130 miles north-west of Laredo. It has the capacity to accommodate a maximum of 1,344 children.
The Carrizo Spring Camp was built a month ago, starting to accept children on June 30 and currently put 225 people. It operates BCFS, a San Antonio-based company that manages six more HHS-financed facilities.
The authorities allowed the media to visit the facility on Wednesday, showing clean hostel and laundry staff. The children received bilingual education when arrested, officials said.
He said a case staff was assigned to every six children, who were allowed to call 10 minutes twice a week.
“I like how they treat us. English classes are better than I used to, “said a teenage boy from El Salvador when questioned by the media.
It’s much different from the images in the report when Reuters visited May 7. They indicated detainees were detained at the Border Guard facility and were denied comfortable bed or hygiene privileges.
From the end of May to early June, the border authorities arrested about 2,500 to 2,700 children crossing the borders alone or separated from adults who were not their parents, officials said yesterday.
“Watching that number at this time amounting to about 200 are very positive. It’s a big difference since HHS receives funding, “officials said.
In June, the US Congress approved a $ 4.5 billion emergency financing law aimed at improving the border situation including US $ 2.88 billion to provide protection and care for unaccompanied children.