Jun 12, 2018

Report: Trump administration looks to build tent villages for migrant children

Immigrant rights demonstrators. Photo: Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

With the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border, and detention centers inching near capacity, the Trump administration is looking at building tent cities at a handful of military bases near the border to house them, McClatchy D.C.'s Franco Ordoñez reports.

Big picture: This is another move by the Trump administration in an effort to compensate for the overcrowded immigrant detention centers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is already sending 1,600 immigrants to federal prisons throughout the country.

The details: Within the next few weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services will begin to look at an Army base near El Paso for a tent city which would be able to hold between 1,000-5,000 children, according to McClatchy. They are also considering Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene and Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo.

  • Key data point: There are more than 10,000 migrant children being held at HHS shelters, which are at 95% capacity.

Be smart: The Trump administration's controversial policy of separating children from their parents when found illegally crossing the southern border only adds to the growing number of immigrant children DHS and HHS must provide shelter to.

Go deeper: How Trump can separate migrant families

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Your guide to comparing climate change and coronavirus

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Climate change and the coronavirus have a lot more in common than the letter C, but their differences explain society’s divergent responses to each.

Why it matters: The Internet is full of comparisons, some from biased perspectives. I'm going to try to cut through the noise to help discerning readers looking for objective information.

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George Floyd protests: Unrest continues for 6th night across U.S.

A protest near the White House on Sunday night. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Most external lights at the White House were turned off late Sunday as the D.C. National Guard was deployed and authorities fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters nearby, per the New York Times.

What's happening: It's one of several tense, late-night standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in the United States.

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Journalists get caught in the crosshairs as protests unfold

A man waves a Black Lives Matter flag atop the CNN logo outside the CNN Center during a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd, Atlanta, Georgia, May 29. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Dozens of journalists across the country tweeted videos Saturday night of themselves and their crews getting arrested, being shot at by police with rubber bullets, targeted with tear gas by authorities or assaulted by protesters.

Driving the news: The violence got so bad over the weekend that on Sunday the Cleveland police said the media was not allowed downtown unless "they are inside their place of business" — drawing ire from news outlets around the country, who argued that such access is a critical part of adequately covering protests.