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Texas Army base for migrant children as numbers mount

Monitored by a caretaker, young unaccompanied migrants, ages 3-9, watch TV inside a playpen at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention centre for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley in Donna, Texas.
Monitored by a caretaker, young unaccompanied migrants, ages 3-9, watch TV inside a playpen at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention centre for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley in Donna, Texas.

US: The US military opened an army base in Texas for migrant children Tuesday as the number of unaccompanied children and families crossing the border from Mexico mounted.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which is charged with resettling thousands of migrant children who crossed the border without their parents, said it moved 500 into facilities at Fort Bliss, a base located just three miles (five kilometers) from the US-Mexico border in El Paso.

Eventually HHS hopes to provide shelter at Fort Bliss to up to 5,000 male migrants as its number of beds are increased.

"The children will be welcomed by staff, receive a brief medical check, provided needed clothing, toiletries, food and snacks, as well as a safe place to rest," said the HHS Administration for Children and Families, which helps manage the resettlement programme.

According to Government statistics, on Monday HHS had 12,035 migrant children in its care, while the US Customs and Border Protection, the agency which first processes migrants, was holding another 4,068. The numbers continued to mount, with a recent average of nearly 500 unaccompanied children crossing the border into CBP hands each day.

- AFP