Sights, smells of holding cells for newcomer kids

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Children’s faces pulpy opposite glass. Hundreds of immature boys and girls lonesome with aluminum foil-like blankets subsequent to sequence couple fences surfaced with spiny wire. The sharp fragrance that comes with gripping people in tighten quarters.

These were a scenes celebrated Wednesday during tours of swarming Border Patrol stations in South Texas and Arizona, where thousands of immigrants are being hold before they are eliminated to other shelters around a country.

It was a initial time a media was given entrance to a comforts given President Barack Obama called a some-more than 47,000 unparalleled children who have entered a nation illegally this bill year an “urgent charitable situation.”

The swell in minors, mostly from Central America, has impressed a U.S. government.

The children poise a sold plea since a law requires that they be eliminated from Border Patrol stations like a ones in Texas and Arizona to a Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours.

From there, they are sent to shelters for several weeks as a supervision tries to reunite them with family in a U.S. The network of some 100 shelters around a nation has been over ability for months and is now caring for some-more than 7,600 children.

Children during Fort Brown in Brownsville sojourn in a control of an organisation ill-equipped to caring for them. On Wednesday, dozens of immature boys were divided from dozens of immature girls. Mothers with children still younger were in another cell.

Happier faces could be found in a side yard only outward a station. There, immature children colored cinema underneath a deception tent.

A organisation of about a dozen girls of maybe 5 or 6 sat underneath another tent outward a showering trailer, dim hair soppy and shiny. Women wearing blue gloves combed any girl’s hair. Tables hold stacks of purify bluejeans, T-shirts and toiletries.

Deeper into a yard, teen girls kicked a soccer round and tossed a football with workers from a Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Nogales, Arizona, girls personification soccer with dual masculine limit agents shrieked when their round crossed over a sequence couple blockade and divided from a little recreational area lonesome by a white tent. Others personification basketball cheered on their teammates.

But inside, a approximately 1,000 children in a clean, 120,000-square-foot room were silent.

In a ample area with teenage boys, a large, high-definition TV personification a World Cup went mostly ignored.

A little organisation of boys in that fenced-in area played soccer. But many lay on little mattresses and lonesome themselves with thin, heat-reflective blankets that demeanour like aluminum foil.

Chain couple fences 15 feet high and surfaced with spiny handle apart a children by age and gender.

Federal agents pronounced they could not yield an guess of a series of minors during a trickery since a figure is liquid as children transition in and out.

Authorities in Nogales have struggled to adjust to their new purpose as proxy caretakers.

For example, it took a few days of children rejecting breakfast burritos before agents schooled that Central Americans aren’t accustomed to flour tortillas. FEMA renegotiated a agreement with a food businessman to start receiving corn tortillas instead.

The children are fed 3 times a day and take turns by organisation to use a 200-seat dining area.

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Galván reported from Nogales, Arizona.

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