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40% fewer migrant children held at largest emergency
shelter in US
The number of migrant children housed at Biden administration's largest emergency shelter for those who
crossed the US-Mexico border alone has dropped by more than 40 percent since mid-June
The number of migrant children housed at the Biden administration's largest emergency shelter for those who
crossed the US-Mexico border alone has dropped by more than 40 percent since mid-June, a top US official said
Monday, touting progress at the facility that has been criticized by child welfare advocates.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra told reporters that 790 boys are now housed at Fort Bliss
Army base in El Paso, Texas, and the last girl left Monday. He did not say whether all the girls were reunited with
relatives in the US, were sent to licensed facilities, or if some were transferred to another unlicensed, emergency
shelter that the government has opened as record numbers of unaccompanied children cross the border.
In mid-June, the administration reported about 2,000 boys and girls were at the Fort Bliss facility amid child welfare
advocates' concerns about inadequate conditions at the large-scale facility.
Becerra said his agency, which is responsible for caring for migrant children, is now evaluating whether some of
the emergency shelters can be closed. But he declined to say whether Fort Bliss would be among them.
Because we've been successful in managing the flow, we are prepared to begin the demobilization of several of
our emergency intake sites, Becerra said.