US Customs and Border Protection has released these images from inside a detention facility for migrant families and unaccompanied children in McAllen, Texas.
The Trump administration has been pursuing a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal border crossings, in which every immigrant arrested for crossing the border is referred for federal prosecution. The policy has had the effect of separating the arrested immigrants from their children. Department of Homeland Security officials say that at least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents since it began implementing the policy in late April.
The border processing center is the first place that detained immigrants go after they are arrested, but the stay is only temporary. Those arrested are then transferred to Department of Justice custody and presented before a judge for the crime of illegal entry into the United States. As part of that process, the immigrant’s child or children will be transferred to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement.
While CNN was able to tour the facility, Customs and Border Control barred media from shooting any pictures or video, citing privacy concerns.