2018refugeeday01

2018refugeeday01

This photo released by the Trump administration show inside the largest immigration processing center in the U.S where illegal immigrant families are caged behind wire fences before being separated. The Central Processing Center known as Ursula is a former warehouse located in McAllen, Texas, close to the Mexican border, and is where families entering the U.S. illegally are held before being processed. The center has several wings for unaccompanied children, adults on their own and mothers and fathers with children; people are given foil sheets to act as blankets while overhead lighting remains on 24/7. The 55,000 sq ft facility was opened up to journalists on Sunday 17 June, 2018, following public outcry over illegal immigrant families being separated. The taking of photographs or videos by journalist was prohibited and no interviews with detainees were permitted. At the time of the tour of Ursula there were 1,100 people being held at the processing center. It comes after revelations that nearly 2,000 children were separated from adults at the border between the middle of April and the end of May alone. Those children are now living in detention centers along the US-Mexico border. Ursula is where the processing begins, and from there children are sent to separate facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Their parents, meanwhile, are sent to a detention center to await prosecution before a federal judge. According to U.S. policy no one can be held in one of these processing centers for longer than 72 hours, however due a huge backlog in processing children, hundreds of minors end up staying longer, it has been claimed. Currently the Department of Health and Human Services has 11,875 minors in its custody, according to national department statistics. 19 Jun 2018 Pictured: U.S. Border Patrol agents conduct intake of illegal border crossers at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Photo credi

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