A child reportedly died after visiting a family detention center.
According to CBS News, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is investigating the death of a migrant child who died shortly after being released from the largest family immigration center in Dilley, Texas.
An attorney representing the child’s mother cited “neglect and unsanitary conditions” as possible factors.
News organizations have reportedly not been allowed to film inside of the facility, but this footage was provided by the U.S. Department of Defense or other federal agencies.
The South Texas Family Residential Center has 2,400 beds and currently houses more than 1,500 immigrant women and children. 100 immigrants enter the facility daily and 25,000 immigrants have come through it in 2018. Many are detained after illegally crossing the border in Rio Grande Valley.
The facility sits on 50+ acres and has medical/dental services, a cafeteria, a library, and play areas. Mothers and children sleep in trailers with 6-12 bunks.
The South Texas center is a short-term facility where mothers and children stay for an average of 15 days. The facility is privately-owned and costs approximately $156 million per year to operate.