US to Build Big Processing Facility for Migrant Kids
Site in McAllen, Texas, will hold 1K children
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2014 12:14 PM CDT
This June 18 photo shows children sleeping in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

(Newser) – With the number of child immigrants from Central America overwhelming Border Patrol stations, the US plans to convert a giant warehouse into a processing facility for the kids in Texas, reports AP. The facility in McAllen will accommodate about 1,000 children, who will have access to an "interaction/play" area during their stay. The government has been struggling to cope with the rising number of unaccompanied kids caught at the border—about 50,000 since October, up nearly 100% from a year earlier.

Most have been caught in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, but because the border stations there aren't equipped to house kids for any length of time, the feds have been flying them by the planeload to a facility in Arizona for processing. The new site should help ease that, though it won't do much to solve the larger issue of families in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador sending their kids on the journey to the US. Republicans blame the policies of President Obama, who has sought help from Mexico in going after criminals who convince families to ship their kids to America, notes the LA Times.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 26, 2014 7:12 PM CDT
We have as many as 1000 of them stored in an older barrack at Fort Sill. No, not the old WWII wooden ones they used to have which would be perfectly acceptable. Its a modern building. But the media keeps getting the building wrong on their b-roll hits. They keep showing the major armory on base that has the Patriot Missile launchers parked up next to it. Really, you would put illegal kids who are guarded by unarmed people next to live Patriot missiles. I can see it now, one of those kids escapes and is able to fire off a missile to the east. It brings down a 757 out of D/FW airport.
katon51
Jun 26, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
Honduras has 13 embassies across the US; Guatemala has 13; El Salvador has 17 embassies; Nicaragua as 6 and Panama has 2. Can't they help?
katon51
Jun 26, 2014 11:36 AM CDT
These countries have embassies here. Why are they not taking care of their own citizens? Just sent them to the nearest Hondouras Embassy or El Salvadore Embassy or whatever and let them sort it out. Since when do you get to sneak over the border and get a free vacation?