New Tent Camps Go Up In West Texas For Migrant Children Separated From Parents

Photos of Tent City for Detained Migrant Children in Texas

A look at the facilities housing kids taken from their parents at the border.

The nation's eyes are on the small town of Tornillo, Texas, where an encampment of tents has been opened to hold immigrant children separated from their parents at the border as part of the Trump administration's controversial zero-tolerance policy on migrant families entering the United States. Currently the tents have 400 beds prepared, and are expected to reach 360 child detainees soon (currently its holding boys ages 16 and 17).

THE FENCE OUTSIDE Christ Chavez/Getty Images THE FENCE OUTSIDE A view of the Tornillo-Marcelina Serna Port of Entry, June 18. On Father's Day, hundreds gathered in a protest at the new tent city, which became operational on June 15. JUST THE BEGINNING? Joe Raedle/Getty Images JUST THE BEGINNING? Children and workers as seen in another view of the encampment. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican whose district includes Tornillo, toured the facility and has warned that the encampment could be greatly expanded, to house 4,000. "At the end of the day, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we should not be using children as deterrents when it comes to our broken immigration system," Hurd said in an interview with the El Paso Times.

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AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE ENCAMPMENT Joe Raedle/Getty Images AN AERIAL VIEW OF THE ENCAMPMENT PEOPLE WAITING OUTSIDE THE ENTRY POINT Christ Chavez/Getty Images PEOPLE WAITING OUTSIDE THE ENTRY POINT AN INTENSIFYING ISSUE John Moore/Getty Images AN INTENSIFYING ISSUE Wrenching images — including this viral photograph by Getty Images' John Moore, of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying as her asylum-seeking mother is searched and detained in McAllen, Texas — have added to the outcry over the zero-tolerance policy.



WATCH: John Moore talks about the story behind the viral photo of the young migrant girl.



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