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Here Are Photos Of The Tent City Housing Children Separated From Their Families At The Border

The structure in El Paso County, Texas, is housing hundreds of children while their parents' legal cases are sorted out.

Posted on June 18, 2018, at 7:34 p.m. ET

Pictures have started to emerge of the tent city in Tornillo, Texas, that was built to house immigrant children separated from their families at the border.

Just In: these are pictures of the tents that are set up in Tornillo (West Texas) to house children who’ve been separated from their families after crossing the border illegally Source: Administration for Children and Families at the US Dept of Health and Human Services https://t.co/830ydULf5g

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents in the first six weeks of President Trump's zero-tolerance policy, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

At least 360 teenagers are at the temporary shelter in the Juarez Valley.

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The DHS had planned to erect a compound of large tents that are estimated to hold 450 beds, sources told NBC News last week.

Drone photos show the tent city at the CBP facility June 17 in Tornillo.
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Drone photos show the tent city at the CBP facility June 17 in Tornillo.

Rep. William Hurd, who represents the district where the shelters have been erected, called the facility "a manifestation of a failed policy."

Buses at the CBP facility in Tornillo in the Juarez Valley.
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Buses at the CBP facility in Tornillo in the Juarez Valley.

In a fact sheet released Monday, DHS officials said that children in custody are "provided with appropriate care, including medical care, mental health care, and educational programs."

Provisions, such as water and other items, are stacked outside the new Customs and Border Protection facility.
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Provisions, such as water and other items, are stacked outside the new Customs and Border Protection facility.

The DHS also said that officials may separate a parent or legal guardian from their child for several reasons, including situations where they cannot ascertain the parental relationship, when a child may be at risk, or if the parent is referred for criminal prosecution, including illegal entry.

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However, two months after the Trump administration began separating children from their parents along the US–Mexico border, authorities cannot say what procedures exist to reunite them even after the illegal entry cases have been resolved.

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