There’s a lot of mystery surrounding where undocumented children are housed after they are separated from their families by immigration officials. Journalists and politicians have been prevented from entering many of the facilities holding children. The only images we have seen have show the boys. People are still asking to see the girls.
Some journalists have been invited to enter some detention centers, including one that was once a Walmart.
The center, located in Brownsville, Texas, was converted from a Walmart and now houses boys between 10 and 17 years old.
The center holds an estimated 1,500 boys.
Journalist Jacob Soboroff live-tweeted what the facility was like and reported that the boys are held at the center for approximately 52 days. After that period, the youths are then placed with a sponsor family.
As soon as the kids enter the facility they see a mural of President Donald Trump.
Soboroff tweeted that there were “Presidential murals everywhere” with the quote, “sometimes losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”
“I have been inside a federal prison and county jails,” Soboroff said on Twitter. “This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated. No cells and no cages, and they get to go to classes about American history and watch Moana, but they’re in custody.”
The kids are only allowed outside for two hours a day.
CREDIT: @jacobsoboroff / Twitter
The boys spend 22 hours a day inside the detention center on weekdays and 21 hours on weekends.
“This is not a school cafeteria,” Soboroff tweeted. “Hundreds called to eat at a time on rotating shifts.”
Soboroff called on his experience in prisons as a reporter to liken the detention facility to a prison, despite claims to the contrary.
Here’s more of what the centers look like inside.
As of now, we have no idea what the detention centers are like for babies or female youths.