Hundreds of people turned out to protest Sunday in the border town of Tornillo, Texas, where on Thursday the Trump administration announced its plans to house immigrant children in a new detention center-derided by critics as a tent city.
Federal authorities are separating children from their parents as families arrive at the border.
"It is already open", Wolfe told AFP, and is designated for "minors referred by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) to HHS for our unaccompanied alien children program".
The children are each assigned a clinician to help them deal with separation trauma and mental-health issues. "This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated".
Journalists have not been allowed access to the tent city.
The Tornillo site was also used to house migrant children and families in tents in 2016.
"I don't think we should have any children that are brought across the border illegally, many times by drug cartels and coyotes who abuse those children, and sexually assault, physically assault those children", Cruz said Saturday.
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Almost all the boys are Central American or Mexican, Hinojosa said.
"These are kids that have been in other facilities in other parts of the country that have been moved to this facility in order for room to be made for the kids that are being separated from their parents".
Melissa Lopez, executive director of the El-Paso-based Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, which offers legal screenings for unaccompanied minors, said her office has noticed a disturbing trend since the "zero tolerance" policy launched: younger children held in federal custody.
Hurd said he found many teenagers at the detention center - and HHS officials could provide no information on them or their circumstances.
"On this Father's Day I'm thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border".
On Wednesday, government officials gave a tightly controlled tour of a shelter in Brownsville, Texas, on the other end of the state. On the walls of the facility are murals of USA presidents, patriotic slogans, and lots of Pokémon posters. But the Trump administration has largely dismissed the complaints. The Trump administration has warned that they're coming across the border to make mayhem in the United States.
"Typically, this story has a negative ending for those who treat immigrants and treat children in this matter", Blanco said.