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Thousands Of Immigrant Children Held In Texas Tent Cities, Detention Centers

U.S. Deptartment of Health and Human Services
Photo of the interior of a semipermanent structure intended to house youth in Tornillo, Texas

What's next for minors who cross the US-Mexico border? How does the immigration crisis impact San Antonio? We hear from Reveal's Laura Morel, immigration attorney Hope Frye and Pastor John Garland.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports about 1,500 unaccompanied minorsbetween the ages of 13 and 17 are being held in temporary shelters in Tornillo, Texas. There are more children in detention centers across the country.

Between this summer's family separation saga and current concerns about a caravan of migrantsapproaching the U.S.-Mexico border, what's the next step for border control? 

As youth wait in limbo, how is the federal goverment handling their legal cases and what are the conditions like in the detention facilities where they're living?

What is the Flores settlement and why is it the standard for immigration policy? How does an unaccompanied minor navigate the legal process while in detention? When can they reunite with family members?

In what ways are local faith communities and nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of detained and released immigrant children and families?


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The interview aired on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.