The #Trump administration is reportedly looking to erect “tent cities” at military posts around Texas to house thousands of #migrant children who have arrived unaccompanied or have been forcibly separated from their dparents at the border.
The report, from McClatchy’s #Washington, D.C., bureau, indicates that the Department of #Health and Human Services is scoping out a parcel of land on Fort Bliss, near El Paso, #Texas, to assess whether it can set up a tent city that would hold an estimated 1,000-5,000 children.
HHS officials confirmed the plans and added that Dyess Air Force Base and Goodfellow Air Force Base were also potential sites for temporary shelters.
A key tenet of Donald Trump’s #immigration policy is its “zero tolerance” mandate, which calls for #immigration officials to separate migrant children from their parents as a punitive measure. Since Attorney General #JeffSessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen enacted this policy, the number of migrant children detained by the #USgovernment has risen more than 20 percent, McClatchy reports.
One HHS official told the outlet that the “lack of parental protection, and the hazardous journey they take, make unaccompanied alien children vulnerable to #humantrafficking, #exploitation, and abuse.” Unacknowledged in the HHS official’s quote is the very reason for that “lack of parental protection”: It is orchestrated by the U.S. government itself, which, aside from forcibly separating migrant families, often holds them in #detentioncenters or shelters thousands of miles away from each other, with little to no contact.
This is the latest development in a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis built on the Trump administration’s directive of traumatizing children in order to punish their parents, many of whom are escaping violence and poverty in their home countries and seeking #asylum in the U.S. (Source: TheRoot)
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