300 migrant girls sheltering at new Houston facility, congresswoman says

HOUSTON – The first bus carrying migrant children arrived at a facility in north Houston Friday evening, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee told KPRC 2.

Jackson Lee said there were dozens on board. The vehicle pulled into the building during the 6 p.m. as officers watched. However, the bus was then out of view of our camera.

Shortly before 8 p.m., the bus backed out and left the facility.

On Saturday, Jackson Lee said there are currently 300 unaccompanied minors at the girls-only facility.

“Children who are here are being provided an opportunity to connect with a family member, a parent and do it expeditiously,” said Jackson Lee.

The National Association of Christian Churches is serving as an emergency intake site with room for 500 children. The site will provide sleeping quarters, meals, toiletries, laundry and access to medical services.

The Department of Homeland Security is on-site, along with several other federal agencies to ensure the children are safe while kept at the facility. FEMA, for example, is providing food, clothes, and other essentials to the children when they arrive.

“The images that you’re seeing on the news where these human smugglers are dropping these children from these walls that are 12, 13, 14 feet, it’s a humanitarian crisis,” Congressman Troy Nehls told KPRC 2 on Saturday afternoon.


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