Richmond Times-Dispatch

Border Patrol closes child facility for now

- — Fromwire reports

HOUSTON— The U.S. Border Patrol is temporaril­y closing a converted warehouse used to detain immigrants in South Texas for renovation.

The McAllen facility gained internatio­nal attention when images emerged of children separated from their parents detained in chain-link cages inside.

The agency said in a statement Wednesday that the facility, known as the central processing center, will reopen in 2022 with a smaller capacity and “modern detention areas.” It will also have a recreation area for children.

The renovation was first reported by The Washington Post.

About 65 children, some unaccompan­ied and others with their parents, were detained at the facility last week.

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