US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra expressed concern about the situation reported in Dallas
United States- U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said on Friday that there were reports that some immigrant children were forced to sleep on buses parked at the Dallas Convention Center. If it is true, it is “completely unacceptable.” “.
Dr. Amy Cohen, a psychiatrist and executive director of the militant group Every Last One, said that the 15-year-old Honduran boy who worked with her was detained on the bus from Saturday to Wednesday. During this time, He had to use the vehicle in the bathroom and was not allowed to move freely or communicate with his family.
Cohen said the boy was detained in the parking lot of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center at the same time as at least three other children. Cohen also had contact with another minor who had been confined to the bus for a long time. on.
It is unknown how many children were kept on the bus overnight.
Becerra said: “This is totally unacceptable. We are quickly investigating this incident to find out what happened, and we will work hard to ensure that it never happens again. The safety and well-being of children is our top priority. task.”
The experience of children in Honduras (first reported by NBC News) was before the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) massively expanded its capacity to accommodate immigrant children until they could be placed as sponsors in the United States, usually by their parents or Close relatives, and their case is heard in immigration court. This is the largest number of unaccompanied children arriving in the country on record.
HHS’s capacity has increased from less than 1,000 in mid-February to approximately 20,000 beds, and its residence is more suitable for long-term accommodation than border patrol detention facilities. It has opened 14 emergency shelters, including one at the Dallas Convention Center, which began operations in February and is designed to accommodate up to 3,000 children.
As of Wednesday, HHS has detained 20,397 unaccompanied children.
After NBC News asked about his life, the government brought the Honduran boy to Seattle to meet with his mother and uncle.
The government’s transportation contractor MVM Inc. stated that it has transported migrant children and their families “safely and professionally” for more than six years.
The company stated: “In the past seven weeks, the number of children who need to be accompanied in this pandemic environment has increased to more than 7,100, which has created complicated travel logistics and led to longer waiting times. In On the way back to the unified location,” in a statement.
MVM stated that it encountered some delays at a regional connection center that was operating 24 hours a day, and the bus arrived there to pick up the children to pick up their children and meet their families. This resulted in “a child staying on site for longer than our goal.” Waiting time. Four hours. This violates our policy and we are conducting an internal review of this incident.”
The company said the boy can use air-conditioned buses, food and snacks, bottled water and personal protective equipment.