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Human Services department to triple size of tent camp in Texas for migrant children

A tent encampment being built near the Tornillo Port of Entry in June in Tornillo, Texas.Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A tent encampment being built near the Tornillo Port of Entry in June in Tornillo, Texas.Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday it will triple the size of an immigration detention camp outside El Paso to accommodate up to 3,800 migrant children, reports the Dallas Morning News.

The details: Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for HHS, said the expansion is in response to the growing number of new arrivals at the border, not the administration’s family separation policy that ended in June after amid widespread rebuke. Wolfe said that the Tornillo site will stay open through the end of the year.