1/These are @CBPRGV migrant youth holding tents which @HHSGov expanded and today dubbed “Delphi Emergency Intake Site (EIS)” in Donna, Texas, shifting 375 “UCs” (unaccompanied children) ages 13 to 17 to the new 1,500-bed portion of the same complex.
2/At “Delphi” @HHSGov says, “Children will be welcomed by staff, receive a medical check, and be provided needed clothing, toiletries, food and snacks, as well as a safe place to rest.” A boy I saw on video at Donna last week wore the clothes he left Honduras in three months ago
3/@HHSGov added a second facility at their Carrizo Springs, Texas, shelter and gave it a new name (Dimmit). The troubled Homestead, Fla., shelter has also been renamed - and is on standby to receive migrant children.
4/@HHSGov sends out press releases about new migrant shelters weekly but has not allowed even press tours at any of them - including federal shelters on military installations. How much is being spent on these places - and what does that look like? What are conditions inside?

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2 Apr
1/Migrant kids are waiting weeks to be released from federal custody: ‘How can I get him from there?’ Young migrants stuck in Border Patrol backlog latimes.com/world-nation/s…
2/ We met these kids in a group on the side of the road @Carolyn_Cole and I spoke with them as they waited with @CBPRGV for buses.
3/The group of youths we met in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley last week was the largest I’ve seen, including many teens but also several 9 year-olds traveling without adults. Some girls were pregnant. One passed out while waiting.
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30 Mar
1/More than 2000 kids have been at Donna @CBPRGV facility more than 72 hours, including 39 more than 15 days. Longest is 20 days. Average is 133 hours. The facility costs $60 million a month to operate, excluding medical services and caregiver contracts.
2/One 3,200-square foot pod @CBP Donna migrant holding facility was divided into six rooms. The pod has 516. Its capacity under CDC guidelines should be 32. Another pod intended for 32 had 576.
3/@CBPRGV Donna,Texas, facility no migrant kids get #COVID19 test unless symptomatic. Spokesman says #COVID19 positivity rate about 14% (as tested when they leave by @HHSGov). He expects kids will almost certainly get #COVID because of the packed pods.
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25 Mar
I interviewed migrant families held by ⁦@CBPRGV⁩ for days under a south Texas bridge latimes.com/world-nation/s…
2/ When migrants held under the Anzalduas Bridge told @CBP agents they were worried about their children getting sick, they said agents told them, “They’re not going to die.”
3/@CBPRGV took migrants to the Donna tent facility and then the bridge site because it’s more convenient to expel them there, a spokesman said.
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22 Mar
I’ve spent a couple nights on the Rio Grande with @Carolyn_Cole walking up from the river with migrants and the past week talking to asylum seekers on both sides of the border latimes.com/world-nation/s…
2/ Rafts crossed the Rio Grande all night long, as smugglers ferried hundreds of migrants -mainly Central Americans with family in the U.S. - to Texas. There were families and youths as young as 12 traveling alone. Image
3/Families crossing the Rio Grande with smugglers said they came with their children because they thought they’d be allowed to stay in the U.S. Many with kids ages 7 and older deported to Mexico the next day. Image
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13 Mar
1/Revisited #Minneapolis last week to cover start of Chauvin trial for the murder of #GeorgeFloyd and wanted to share some then/now photos. Here's what the Third Precinct look like last May:
2/ #Minneapolis Third Precinct police station remains closed.
3/ The intersection where #GeorgeFloyd was stopped by #Minneapolis police last summer, now known as George Floyd Square
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7 Mar
1/ Update on the #Matamoros migrant camp from @DHSgov: partner agencies “have completed registration of the entire Matamoros camp population. We are no longer registering people in the Matamoros camp and no one arriving in the camp will gain access to this phased program”
2/ Per @DHSgov “A small number of individuals remaining in the camp have been relocated to other locations identified by our international organization partners that afford greater protection than the informal camp...”
3/ @DHSgov on those moved from #Matamoros camp: “From those locations, this specific group of individuals will be able to complete paperwork and the United States will review their information on a case-by-case basis.”
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