Rocky Vaz, director of the Office of Emergency Management in Dallas, described the facility as a "decompression center" and told city leaders it would house boys ages 15 to 17 "to help relieve the overcrowding now at the border", according to the memo.
After children are taken into Border Patrol custody, they're turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is charged with the care of migrant children.
There were a record number of children - 3,200 - being held in US immigration facilities on the US-Mexican border as of 8 March.
Government figures show a growing crisis at the border as hundreds of children illegally enter the USA from Mexico daily and are taken into custody.
The US Department of Homeland Security has ordered the government's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help care for a rising number of migrant children who are illegally crossing into the US from Mexico. "I am incredibly proud of the agents of the Border Patrol, who have been working around the clock in hard circumstances to take care of children temporarily in our care".
"Pretty soon at some point these numbers for these packed facilities will go down, and they'll go down because the Biden administraiton is going to start increasing catch-and-release", Roy said, adding that Americans are being put in danger by criminals taking advantage of the unsecured border. Another official said the administration has no plans to ask Congress for more funding to increase capacity for sheltering migrant children.
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He again denied the allegations of harassment by a number of women, including former aides and employees . The latest accusation, reported on Wednesday in the Times Union newspaper , appeared the most serious.
"We also, I think, need to acknowledge that the flow of humanity arriving at our front door never stopped", she said. "There's no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis". It does not extend to children who cross the border alone.
In February alone CBP detained 9,457 unaccompanied migrant children at the southern border. Dallas previously offered space to HHS during the 2014 surge of crossings of immigrant children.
"That's who gave us the numbers", Doocy said. Biden is eliminating the "Remain in Mexico" policy that ordered asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases were processed in the US, and the administration has reinstituted "catch-and-release" policies, in which border agents release migrants into USA border towns to await processing.
As migrants surge to the US and American border communities report violent crimes being committed, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) is pointing at President Joe Biden's policies for the crisis.
"The facts are these: there are more children".
Border agents are apprehending more than 400 children a day on average, far more than the number of children that HHS is processing and releasing to sponsors.