Almost 250 migrant children have been shifted children’s shelters from a jammed Texas border patrol station where attorneys said they had been held for weeks in dirty conditions without sufficient water and food.
Evelyn Stauffer, the representative for the Department of Health and Human Services, claimed 249 children from the facility at Clint, Texas was being transferred to shelters run by the agency by Tuesday.
Last week attorneys raised alarm after were provided access to the Clint station near EI Paso and said they had discovered more than 300 children detained in squalid conditions.
The group of legislators riled that they experienced distressed toddlers without diapers. The children, who are detained, are going through lack of adequate food, clean clothes, toothbrushes, and showers, and some children even slept on the concrete floors. The conditions were reported first by the Associated Press.
Just 30 children delayed at the facility near EI Paso on Monday, according to Veronica Escobar representative Elizabeth Lopez-Sandoval. Children who were not sent to the HHS shelters were shifted to a tent facility designed for family detention, Lopez-Sandoval.
US law requires children who cross the border without a parent or legal guardian for staying in the border patrol’s short-term detaining facilities for no longer than 72 hours and to be shifted to HHS shelters as rapidly as possible.
Stauffer said children were waiting too long in the border facilities, which are “not designed to care for the children”.
She also said, “this is a direct result of the unprecedented number of arriving children ”.
Stauffer claimed the Department of Homeland Security had mentioned nearly 10,000 children to HHS in May, one of the highest monthly totals in the history of the program.
The lawyers took a tour to the Clint facility last week for monitoring compliance with the Flores deal, a decades-long settlement which establishes how long migrant children can be detained and the conditions of their custody.