Mi­grant teen de­ten­tion camp shut­ting down

The Wichita Eagle - - News -

The non­profit run­ning what once was the largest U.S. de­ten­tion camp hous­ing mi­grant teenagers said the last chil­dren left on Fri­day.

The tent city in Tornillo, Texas, is shut­ting down, said Krista Pi­fer­rer, spokes­woman of BCFS Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

The Tornillo fa­cil­ity opened in June in the Texas desert. It ex­panded into a guarded camp that held more than 2,700 teens. By De­cem­ber, more peo­ple were de­tained there than in all but one of the na­tion’s 204 fed­eral pris­ons.

Other de­ten­tion cen­ters hold­ing mi­grant teens are still open.

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