Hundreds of migrant children moved to tent camp

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National News

October 4, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Central American families are camped out on a border bridge between Ciudad Miguel Aleman and Roma, Texas, in June. The Trump administration has transferred hundreds of children to a temporary tent shelter on the border. (Molly Hennessy-Fiske/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

HOUSTON — The Trump administration has transferred hundreds of children who entered the U.S. illegally to a temporary tent shelter on the border in Texas that immigrant advocates have condemned as “substandard.”

The camp, which is operated by a private contractor, has been quietly expanding on a barren desert tract in the border town of Tornillo, southeast of El Paso, and now houses 1,600 immigrant children.

It is considered temporary and therefore is not required to be licensed as a childcare facility or to provide the same medical, mental health and educational services as roughly 100 other facilities for children across the U.S.

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