TORNILLO, Texas (KFOX14) — Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) who represents the southern border announced that the Tornillo, Texas tent facility has been cleared out.
Friday morning he tweeted that the last migrant teenage boy left.
Earlier this week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had announced that the facility would close by the end of January.
Thursday afternoon our "KFOX14 SkyCam"drone captured footage of people outside in the facility grounds playing soccer.
Rep. Veronica Escobar released the following statement on the imminent closing of Tornillo:
Tornillo is the embodiment of a dark chapter in America’s history. While the people of El Paso are relieved by the news, we know that this does not reverse the emotional and psychological harm the Trump administration has inflicted on these children, and that this does not put an end to the hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies coming out of the White House. As Tornillo closes, I am committed to seeking answers and ensuring the Trump administration ends the detention of migrant children and families. The thousands of children who have spent months without the care and support of their loved ones deserve nothing less.
Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez also gave a statement on Tornillo releasing the last child:
I am pleased to hear that the last child has been released from detention in the Tornillo tent city. It is important to emphasize that the facility never should have existed. No child belongs in detention. Furthermore, no family belongs in detention. I understand that CBP may have intended to use the tent facilities for family detentions. That would not be welcomed by this community and we will do everything we can to oppose that, should it occur.
In December, more than 2,000 soccer balls were donated to the children being housed there.
The facility in Tornillo, Texas at one point had more than 2,000 migrant teenage boys.
It opened in June 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In a statement released by HHS Tuesday, it stated that there plan is to safely release the unaccompanied minors to suitable sponsors or transfer them to a permanent shelter.