Outrage is mounting over a shocking Associated Press report published late last week revealing that at least 250 migrant infants, children and teenagers have been locked up for almost a month without adequate food, water or sanitation at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, near the city of El Paso.
John Sanders will resign as acting commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in the coming weeks, The New York Times cited a federal official as saying.
Over the last week, there have been reports from lawyers and physicians who visited the camps that numerous children were dirty, some of them ill, and that young children were being left in the care of detainees themselves, sometimes only 8 years old. "Some kids who were detained for two to three weeks had only one or two opportunities to shower".
Almost 250 children are planned are being moved out of the facility, Health and Human Services spokesperson Evelyn Stauffer said in a statement Monday. Escobar said it's a temporary site with roll-out mattresses, showers, medical facilities and air conditioning.
Six children have died since late previous year after being detained by the agency along the US-Mexico border.
Ms Stauffer said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had referred almost 10,000 children to HHS in May, one of the highest monthly totals in the history of the program.
"It's within everybody's common understanding that, you know, if you don't have a toothbrush, if you don't have soap, if you don't have a blanket, it's not safe and sanitary".
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Judge William A. Fletcher recounted that children who were interviewed described sleeping on concrete floors in cold, crowded rooms with the lights on all night.
"This is an intentionally racist and violence region who've target immigrants since they took office, RAICES, an immigrants rights organisation said on Twitter".
Michael Scott Moore, who was held hostage by Somali pirates for three years, tweeted "Somali pirates gave me toothpaste & soap".
Jason Rezaian, who spent 544 days in an Iranian prison, had a similar sentiment.
Vice President Mike Pence, asked about the unsafe, unsanitary conditions for the children on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, said "it's totally unacceptable" and added that he hopes Congress will allocate more resources to border security.
Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said 249 children from the facility at Clint, Texas, were being transferred to shelters run by the agency by today.
"The death of a child is always a bad thing, but here is a situation where, because there is not enough funding ... they can't move the people out of our custody", Sanders said.