More than 100 migrant kids moved back to troubled U.S. facility

Column Call them concentration camps or don’t. But migrant children are sick and dying. And it’s our fault

It has been reported drinking water in the Clint facility tastes like bleach and children do not have enough clothing while being held for weeks in dirty conditions without adequate food.

Attorneys involved in monitoring care for migrant children who visited Clint last week said older children were trying to take care of toddlers, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

About 100 young migrant children have been moved back to a detention center near El, Paso, Texas, that independent inspectors have called "unconscionable", according to a Customs and Border Protection official.

The acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection agency announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a public outcry over alarming detention conditions of migrant children in Texas.

Border Patrol officials have not responded to reporters' questions about the conditions at the Clint facility, but emailed a statement to the Associated Press that said: "Our short-term holding facilities were not created to hold vulnerable populations and we urgently need additional humanitarian funding to manage this crisis".

Children not sent to the HHS shelters were being moved to a tent facility designed for family detention, Ms Lopez-Sandoval said.

The conditions at the border facilities and lack of bed space have become part of the Trump Administration's argument for passage of its request for US$4.5 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress, a proportion of which is created to fund the housing of unaccompanied children through private contractors. "We are full", Azar said.

CBS News asked Border Patrol why the children were returned.

HHS this month cancelled recreational and educational programmes for minors in shelters nationwide, saying budget pressures have forced the department to focus just on services that are directly related to the "protection of life and safety".

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The Clint facility and others have been heavily criticized after lawyers, doctors and advocates warned of what they called major health and hygiene problems.

"There is simply no excuse for the horrific conditions children and families are being held in at the border", he said.

He said "bad people" were using children to take advantage of lax USA immigration laws. His comment was echoed by David Rohde, who said the Taliban gave him toothpaste and soap during the seven months they held him.

In an interview Monday, Binford shared more details of the hard scenes she witnessed inside the center.

Six children have died since late past year after being detained by CBP.

As stories of substandard conditions in facilities have continued to emerge, some volunteers have tried to donate supplies - only to be turned away by border officials.

The unprecedented surge of migrant families has left USA immigration detention centers severely overcrowded and taxed the government's ability to provide medical care and other attention. The official, who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, wouldn't say exactly how many. Many were separated from extended family members like aunts and uncles who brought them to the border; others were teenage moms with babies.

"Trump administration officials need to be held accountable for the disgraceful response to the situation at the border", she said in a statement. There are no beds or private space.

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