EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A state senator
says he has been told the temporary tent shelter in far West Texas for
immigrant minors will stay open indefinitely.
Democratic Sen. Jose Rodriguez told the El Paso Times that he toured
the Tornillo facility Friday morning. More than 300 teens are being
housed at Tornillo, which the U.S. government opened last month because
its existing shelters were at capacity. More than 2,000 children have
been put in government shelters after being separated from their parents
under the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy.
says an official at the facility told him it would stay open past a
previous July 13 deadline on the facility's initial contract.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately respond to questions Saturday.