The relocation of 250 migrant children from an overcrowded Texas border patrol station, where they were held for weeks in squalid conditions without adequate food and water, has stepped up criticism from immigration activists and Democrats of Republican President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies.
An official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that the "majority" of the roughly 300 children detained at Clint, Texas, last week have been placed in facilities operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Another administration official said Sanders' resignation was not tied to the recent allegations of neglect at a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas. Some had been locked for three weeks inside the facility, where 15 children were sick with the flu and another 10 were in medical quarantine.
More than 100 migrant children have been returned to a Texas border station just a day after being moved out, a USA border official has confirmed.
The New York Times: "'There Is a Stench': "No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children" - "A chaotic scene of sickness and filth is unfolding in an overcrowded border station in Clint, Tex., where hundreds of young people who have recently crossed the border are being held, according to lawyers who visited the facility this week.
Fox News reported that Sanders' departure announcement came amid House lawmakers' continued struggle to agree on a $4.5 billion funding bill aimed at addressing the escalation humanitarian crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border.
Ms Stauffer said children were waiting too long in the border facilities, which are "not created to care for children".
Ms Stauffer said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had referred almost 10,000 children to HHS in May, one of the highest monthly totals in the history of the program.
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The woman and three children may have been dead for days before they were found by US Border Patrol near the Rio Grande in South Texas on Sunday, according to a local law enforcement official, who asked not to be named.
The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection has submitted his resignation to acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, as controversy swirls over conditions for illegal immigrants at the agency's detention centers.
"Seeing our country at this crucible moment where we have forsaken children and failed to see them as human is hopefully a wake up for this country to move toward change".
She said both the mother and premature baby were caked in dirt. Some of the children have been there for almost a month.
US Vice President Mike Pence has since said the Trump administration believes migrant children should have access to soap, toothbrushes and other basic amenities.
"One of the combs was lost, and Border Patrol agents got so mad that they took away the children's blankets and mats".
The entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas.