An overcrowded detention center for unaccompanied migrant children in Donna, Texas, is occupied at over 1,600 percent capacity, according to multiple reports.
Journalists were permitted into the facility for the first time on Tuesday, with pictures showing overcrowded “pods” where migrant children were held. The entire facility was designed to hold 250 migrants but currently holds over 4,100, of whom 3,400 are unaccompanied minors.
One photograph showed a “pod” designed to hold 32 migrant children currently occupied by 615 children. The Biden administration allowed journalists to visit the Donna, Texas, facility for the first time on Tuesday, after initially restricting information that Border Patrol officials were allowed to share with the media.
Unaccompanied migrant children ages 4 months – 9 years old are now being held in the recreational area around the clock because there’s no just room for them in the dormitory areas. pic.twitter.com/AlUqJbcmEa
— Nicole Sganga (@NicoleSganga) March 30, 2021