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Report: Migrant children desperate to escape ‘tent city’ in Texas

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By Jenny Goldsberry

After crossing the border alone, children sheltered at Fort Bliss in Texas are attempting to escape according to report from CBS News Wednesday. Federal officials are now placing some children in 24-hour surveillance to keep them from escaping and also self-harming. The facility is made up of tents housing hundreds of migrants.

The Department of Homeland Security recently changed how the U.S. processes unaccompanied minors found at the border. Children are now sheltered by Human Health Services rather than Customs and Border Protection.

“They do not belong in a Border Patrol station,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said at the time. “Children belong in the shelter of Health and Human Services.”

As a result, migrant children have spent less and less time with Border Patrol. Back in March, each child spent an average of 133 hours in the custody of CBP. Now, in May, the average decreased to 26 hours per child. But, there is no data on how much time is spent in the custody of HHS.

“There’s very little communicated to these kids about the process and amount of time they’ll be here,” a federal government employee who volunteered at the “tent city” told CBS News. “So they live in constant doubt, uncertainty and fear about what’s gonna happen to them.”

“They’ve gone from a small cage at Border Patrol to a larger cage at Fort Bliss,” another federal government employee familiar with the site told CBS News. “It’s a juvenile detention facility.”

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You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Border Crisis by the numbers: in January agents seize 500lbs drugs and 70 criminals with outstanding warrants

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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.

Additionally, the agency apprehended 62 people they were able to identify as having outstanding arrest warrants. Among the criminals were sex offenders.

The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.

There were also 32,632 known and recorded gotaways in December, meaning they were able to evade getting captured by law and immigration officials. law enforcement officers told The Center Square that despite the skyrocket high numbers, “these seizures and apprehensions represent a fraction of the amount of people and drugs being trafficked to the southern border between ports of entry.”

 

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