Nearly 250 migrant children held in unsanitary conditions at a Border Patrol facility in Texas have been moved into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a new report.
The infants and children were housed at the center in Clinton, about 25 miles southeast of El Paso.
“Last week [Office of Refugee Resettlement] identified shelter space in its network for 249 (unaccompanied children) who were located at the CBP Clint Station facility — these children should now all be in HHS care as of Tuesday, June 25th,” HHS spokesperson Evelyn Stauffer told CNN on Monday.
The transfer comes days after lawyers toured the facility — and found toddlers roaming around without diapers and others who hadnt bathed in weeks.
“The kids had colds and were sick and said they didnt have access to soap to wash their hands. It was an alcohol-based cleanser,” Clara Long, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, told CNN. “Some kids who were detained for two to three weeks had only one or two opportunities