Migrant children, that are unaccompanied, went into a second emergency shelter that was just opened in a Southern state.
Migrant Children Will Housed at a Much Smaller Emergency Shelter
In fact, the second shelter will be at the Joint Base San Antonio Lackland. In fact, it has 372 beds. Moreover, this a fraction of the space being used at the Freeman Coliseum in East Bexar County. That space is massive and is housing approximately 1,800 migrant children.
One hundred boys, between the ages of 13 to 17, will arrive at the intake site. This is according to an announcement from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Migrant Children will get Essential Services
“Receiving a medical check and providing clothing, toiletries, food, and snacks, in addition, to a safe place to rest is what the children will receive. This is according to a federal agency.
Network of Facilities and Programs
There were roughly 19,798 children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s Care as of April 15th. This is according to officials. Over 200 facilities and programs in 22 state across the country is the number that represents the network across the country.
Unaccompanied Children are Made Safe and United with Family Members
“Working with its interagency partners, the HHS is very aggressively trying to ensure that unaccompanied children are safe. As well as unified with family members or other suitable sponsors as quickly and safely as possible,” the agency said a news release this past Saturday. Moreover, to support this effort, HHS has selected, with the assistance of the Department of Defense. Therefore, the JBSA-Lackland property wants to, in fact, establish an emergency intake site to provide (the) needed capacity to accept children from CBP into its care. Thereby, where they can be safely put through, cared for, and either given to a sponsor or transferred to the right ORR shelter for longer-term care.”
The Intake Site is a Temporary Measure
Used as a “temporary measure,” the agency said the intake site is at JBSA-Lackland. Staffing this site and providing care for the children will not be done by military personnel.
According to the agency, all the children at the facility, will also be screened for COVID-19. A combination of contractors and federal staff will provide the services. This will include teams from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.