Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us'

U.S. Government Almost 1,500 undocumented children are at a Walmart-turned-shelter

Beto O'Rourke on Sunday railed against the Trump administration separating children from parents at the border, but said responsibility for what is happening is on everyone. Children were only allowed to leave the complex for two hours each day, and some of them spent time inside watching the Disney animated film "Moana" and learning about USA history, Soboroff reported.

Under the new "zero tolerance" policy, which U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April, thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the border and have quickly filled Texas shelters.

A small group of reporters from outlets including MSNBC and The Washington Post were allowed to tour the facility on Wednesday.

The protesters marched along fields just yards from the white tents that are holding the children at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, named after a Mexican immigrant who joined the U.S. Army in 1917 to avoid deportation.

Unfair? Soboroff saw no evidence of abuse by the Casa Padre staff - beyond the inherent cruelty of separation.

It will not be the first time the USA government has erected tent cities to house immigrants.

Overall, the Trump administration is considering using the controversial method to house between 1,000 and 5,000 children at different military bases around Texas. The federal government will erect tents at the site to house immigrant children whose parents are facing prosecution for crossing the border illegally.




"We're trying to do the best that we can taking care of these children".

Backers of the policy say it will help stem the steady flow of illegal crossings at the USA southern border. The child to staff ratio is 8 to 1.

One of the strangest things about the facility, Soboroff said, is the mural of Trump you see right when you enter, with the quote, in both English and Spanish: "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war". The one that has perhaps drawn the most attention is of President Donald Trump himself.

Founder and CEO of the nonprofit, Juan Sanchez, said only national media was invited, and declined an interview.

MSNBC journalist Jacob Soboroff was given a tour of the facility, now known as Casa Padre. "They are only in these shelters long enough to be reunited with their family members".

Last year, an officer at another shelter in Brownsville yelled at a child who had punched a wall. Center officials initially said they'd call the police on the visitors, but eventually allowed in the delegation.

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