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With Contract Set To Expire, Still No Word On What’s Next For Immigration Center At Tornillo

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune After receiving several contract extensions, the tent city’s operators say they want the government to find a long-term solution. But they also don’t want to abandon the children held there.

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West Texas Migrant Shelter To Retroactively Do Fingerprint Checks On Staff

A federal agency says they will now retroactively perform FBI-fingerprint checks on all employees at a temporary shelter for migrant children in West Texas. Initial background checks were less rigorous.

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Tornillo’s “Tent City” Now Holds 1,500 Migrant Children

By Sally Beauvais The children don’t go anywhere on the grounds unaccompanied. Boys sleep in groups of 20, in rows of insulated tents. In one, shelter Alpha 11, the tightly-made bunk beds are adorned with Halloween decorations. Nearby are shower … Continue reading

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Tornillo Migrant Shelter To Expand, Remain Open Through December

A temporary shelter housing migrant children in the West Texas border town of Tornillo will remain open at least until December 31st. This is the third time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has opted to renew the … Continue reading

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Tornillo detention center for immigrant children will remain open at least another month

The immigration detention center, which held more than 300 minors two weeks ago, will remain open at least through Aug. 13, according to a federal agency.

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Protests in Tornillo Continue as Lawmakers Gain Access to Child Shelters Along the Border

Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke — along with several other lawmakers —returned to the town of Tornillo on Saturday, nearly one week after he marched at the same location alongside 2,000 others, in protest of family separation at the border.

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As Tents Rise On The Border, So Do Tensions Over Whether Boys Are ‘Unaccompanied’

The boys live in white tents in the North Chihuahuan desert. At least once a day, they are allowed to play soccer in a dry dirt clearing that’s flanked by a large metal storage container, and in spots, portable toilets. … Continue reading

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More than 2,000 March In Tornillo to Protest Family Separation at the Border

A crowd of more than 2,000 gathered at a border crossing in Tornillo, Texas early Father’s Day to protest the separation of children and parents who enter into the U.S. illegally. The rural town of 1,500 has become well-known over … Continue reading

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State Representative Expects Nearly 300 Migrant Children at Tornillo Shelter by End of Friday

On June 14, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that Tornillo – a town 20 miles southeast of El Paso – would become a shelter for migrant children. We spoke with State representative Mary González about the temporary shelter … Continue reading

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Tornillo Port of Entry Will Become Temporary Shelter for Immigrant Minors

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed today that the port of entry in Tornillo, Texas — just outside of El Paso — will now be the site of a temporary shelter for migrant minors. The news comes as … Continue reading

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