Inside the former Walmart holding 1,500 immigrant children in Texas

U.S. GovernmentA teddy bear on a bed of a Walmart-turned-shelter that houses almost 1,500 undocumented children

"This place is called a shelter, but effectively these kids are incarcerated, Soboroff said on MSNBC, pointing to photos he took during a tour supervised by the US Health and Human Services department".

The Trump administration began implementing what it calls a "zero-tolerance" policy with regard to immigrant families crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. The US government has separated almost 2,000 minors from their parents at the border over a six-week period this spring.

The Associated Press on Friday cited Homeland Security data saying that almost 2,000 immigrant children have been separated from their families over the past six weeks during a crackdown on illegal entries.

"When you see reporters, when you see Democrats saying, 'Don't separate kids from their parents, ' what they're really saying is don't arrest illegal aliens", Cruz said Monday.

The Tornillo site was also used to house migrant children and families in tents in 2016.

Christian Ramirez, a San Diego-based border region human rights advocate, said he remembers touring Arpaio's tent city as an observer and feeling concerned at what he saw: sweltering tents and inmates humiliated by the sheriff's department.

"Our goal is to reunite these children with their families as soon as we can do that", he told reporters Wednesday.

State and federal lawmakers from the El Paso area decried that proposal earlier this week, particularly raising concerns about housing children on military bases. The move is expected to lead to a sharp uptick in the number of children separated from parents at the border.

The details of the shelter are unusual, and have been criticized by many on social media as seeming like they belong to a detention center rather than an institution meant to care for children.

"On this Father's Day I'm thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border". The senator went to the facility amid growing debate over the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally. The Trump administration has warned that they're coming across the border to make mayhem in the United States. He told Texas Monthly the air conditioned tent facility, which offers meals and health care services and allows access for a pro bono immigrant legal group, is "being run by emergency management professionals that have been in probably every disaster you can name in the past decade".

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