AP: U.S. to house up to 3,000 migrant teens at Dallas convention center
The U.S. will begin using the downtown Dallas convention center as a "decompression center," to house up to 3,000 migrant teenagers, specifically boys ages 15 to 17, according to a memo obtained by the AP.
Why it matters: The convention center's conversion comes amid a rise in border crossings that has strained sheltering capacities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Health and Human Services is moving to open new facilities to house the children.
Flashback: The CDC had allowed shelters housing children to expand to full capacity in spite of a previous COVID-19 safety protocol, a change that highlighted the extent of the housing capacity crisis, Axios previously reported.
What's more: The surge at the border has already prompted the creation of new shelters for children, including a tent facility in Donna, Texas that is housing "more than 1,000 children and teenagers, some as young as 4," according to AP.
- The government is also considering housing unaccompanied minors in a military base in Virginia, Reuters reports.