Hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children expected to arrive in Houston

More information has been revealed about a Houston site that is being prepared to house about 500 unaccompanied migrant girls.

HOUSTON – More information has been revealed about a Houston site that is being prepared to house about 500 unaccompanied migrant girls.

Officials said the location will operate as an emergency intake site run by the National Association of Christian Churches. Preparations are being made to accept up to 13,000 more, officials said.

The NACC was set to have a news conference Friday morning, but it was postponed.

According to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the facility has everything the children need, including “tender care, good food, a warm bed, medical care and a good clean shower.”

“These children are days or maybe only hours away from an enormous journey that many adults could not take,” Jackson Lee said.

It is unclear when the children will arrive at the facility, but Jackson Lee said they all have one thing in mind: reuniting with family.

“The only thing that they want to do is go into the loving arms of their family members after a tortuous journey,” Jackson Lee said.

Jackson Lee says migrant boys will be housed at a different facility in the state. She also stated they will not separate siblings.

Once the children arrive they will be given a snack, processed and tested for COVID, according to Jackson Lee.

“Then they will be given a court date to be processed as to whether or not the child is seeking asylum or other immigration proceedings,” she said.

Texas has several facilities that are housing unaccompanied migrant children. This week, customs and border patrol offered a look inside a facility in Donna, Texas that was originally designed to house 250 children. That number is now up to 4,000.

Many are waiting for temporary housing or to reunite with family living in the U.S. Earlier this week, Sen. John Cornyn held a press conference after touring an undisclosed and off-limits facility for migrant children run by the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

The Republican senator says he met with some of the children who were from Guatemala and Honduras who were being tutored. The Mayor’s Office and Harris County officials said they haven’t heard anything about this undisclosed location.

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