'The US government is reportedly planning to build tent cities to house thousands of migrant children separated from their families after entering the country.
The Trump administration is considering erecting temporary shelters at military bases to accommodate the growing number of unaccompanied minors detained after crossing the border illegally.
Many entered the country seeking asylum but were torn from parents who are now in prison or facing prosecution under the government’s new “zero-tolerance” policy.
The number of migrant children held in US custody has grown by a fifth since the Trump administration began an aggressive campaign to deter illegal immigration.
More than 11,000 unaccompanied minors are being held in 100 shelters which are nearly full.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking at building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children at the sprawling Fort Bliss army base near El Paso, Texas, reported the political news agency McClatchy.
Air force bases in Abilene and San Angelo are also being assessed as possible sites for shelters, US officials and other sources told the agency.
“HHS will make the determination if any of the three sites assessed are suitable,” a government official said.
State regulators have found hundreds of health violations at existing shelters.
A lack of supervision and medical care were among 150 breaches noted by investigators at 16 shelters run by Southwest Key Programs, a private company contracted by the HSS Office of Refugee Resettlement.'
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