Trump to Build Tent City to House 5000 Children Separated From Their Parents

President Donald Trump is exploring options to house the thousands of migrant children being stripped from their undocumented parents' arms. A U.S. military base in Texas with a large plot of undeveloped land is expected to be made into a tent city. It will hold up to 5000 children, most of whom may never see their parents again.

"The Department of Health and Human Services will visit Fort Bliss, a sprawling Army base near El Paso in the coming weeks to look at a parcel of land where the administration is considering building a tent city to hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the plans," McClatchy's Franco Ordoñez reports.

"The aggressive plan comes at the same time that child shelters are filling up with more children who have been separated from their parents," Ordoñez's report continues. "The number of migrant children held in U.S. government custody without their parents has increased more than 20 percent as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen rolled out the administration's new policy zero tolerance policy that separates children from their parents who now face prosecution."

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The Trump administration is currently holding 10,000 children who are separated from their parents.

The United Nations has called on the Trump administration to cease the separation of children from their parents. Studies show long-term separation can cause irreparable harm.

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