Lawmakers: Migrant Teen Tent City To Stay Open Another Month

TOPSHOT - A view of the US Customs and Border Protection complex housing underage people caught illegally entering the United States at the Tornillo Port of Entry June 19, 2018 in Fabens, Texas. - The Trump administr... TOPSHOT - A view of the US Customs and Border Protection complex housing underage people caught illegally entering the United States at the Tornillo Port of Entry June 19, 2018 in Fabens, Texas. - The Trump administration faces a growing swell of condemnation at home and abroad for the separations, the product of a "zero-tolerance" policy on undocumented migrants. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 12, 2018 9:49 am
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TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers say they have been told atemporary tent shelter in far West Texas for immigrant minors will stay open another month.

State Reps. Ina Minjarez and Diego Bernal of San Antonio told the San Antonio Express-News that they toured the Tornillo facility Friday. About 170 teen boys are being housed in tents at Tornillo. The U.S. government opened the facility in June because its existing shelters were at capacity. More than 2,000 children were put in government shelters after being separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Brian Marriott said Saturday that an existing contract for the facility that was due to expire Aug. 13 has been extended by 30 days.

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