Arkansas and Texas

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Mi­grant chil­dren: The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is pre­par­ing to hold mi­grant chil­dren on mil­i­tary bases, separated from their fam­i­lies, as part of an ef­fort to de­ter peo­ple from cross­ing the border il­le­gally. The Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices is eval­u­at­ing four mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions in Arkansas and Texas as po­ten­tial shel­ters for mi­nors un­der 18. The Jus­tice Depart­ment re­cently an­nounced plans to file crim­i­nal charges against any­one caught cross­ing the border il­le­gally, and said that par­ents trav­el­ing with chil­dren will be held in im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties and their chil­dren put in state cus­tody. To­day, fam­i­lies with chil­dren and un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors make up 40 per­cent of il­le­gal border cross­ings, com­pared with 10 per­cent five years ago. The mil­i­tary has been used to house chil­dren be­fore. More than 7,000 mi­grant chil­dren were shel­tered at bases in Ok­la­homa, Texas, and Cal­i­for­nia at the peak of the 2014 child-mi­gra­tion cri­sis.

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