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14,000+ Unaccompanied Children Held by U.S. as One Texas Facility Reports Over 50 COVID Cases

HeadlineMar 19, 2021

In more immigration news, more than 14,000 unaccompanied migrant children are now in the custody of U.S. officials. Most are being detained at facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services, and some 4,500 children are still in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has stopped sending unaccompanied migrant teenagers to a recently opened facility in Midland, Texas, amid growing safety and other concerns. The facility is a converted camp for oil field workers, where most of the Red Cross volunteers on site don’t speak Spanish or Indigenous languages. Already over 50 teens, out of nearly 500 in custody in Midland, have tested positive for COVID-19.

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