Jun 14, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump administration settles on location for first child migrant tent village

An immigrant holds her daughter while having paperwork looked at by immigration law enforcement officials

An immigrant mother holds her two-year-old as U.S. Border Patrol agents review their papers. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Department of Health and Human Services has chosen a spot in Tornillo, Texas to build the first "tent city," which will hold around 450 beds, in an effort to help house the overflow of immigrant children, NBC News reports.

Big picture: The dramatic increase of migrant children in the hands of HHS is at least partially due to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, which has resulted in child immigrants being separated from their parents when caught crossing the border illegally. Tent cities were also constructed in 2014, when the Obama administration faced a surge of immigrants from Central America.

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