World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 25 Mar, 2021 04:45 am

San Diego Convention Center to be used by Biden administration to detain 1,400 migrant children

San Diego Convention Center to be used by Biden administration to detain 1,400 migrant children
The opening of a detention center in downtown San Diego is an attempt to give the US government’s anti-immigrant policies a facelift as more than 14,000 children remain in federal custody.

Federal officials announced Tuesday that the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego, California, will be used to hold up to 1,400 unaccompanied migrant children.The move to place 1,400 children in the convention center comes as photos have surfaced showing children sleeping on thin mats on hard floors in dire and overcrowded Customs and Border Protection holding cells.Responding to the recent surge in unaccompanied minors, the ORR has turned to other facilities and has added 7,852 beds, including the San Diego Convention Center, which could begin to hold children as soon as this weekend.Posing as a humanitarian, San Diego’s Democratic mayor Todd Gloria explained to reporters on Tuesday, “What we have are young people who are in unacceptable conditions and this condition [the convention center] can be better for them.

” HHS plans to operate the site for three months with children held for up to 35 days in the convention center before being transferred to the custody of family or a guardian in the US.The children are not permitted to leave the convention center until reunification occurs.

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