Pfluger: Midland facility to house more children

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FILE – In this Sunday, March 14, 2021, file photo, migrant children and teenagers are processed after entering the site of a temporary holding facility south of Midland, Texas. The Biden administration is not requiring FBI fingerprint background checks of caregivers at its rapidly expanding network of emergency sites to hold thousands of immigrant teenagers. That alarms child welfare experts who say the waiver compromises safety. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP, File)

MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – The migrant facility in Midland will soon house more children, according to U.S. Rep. August Pfluger.

Pfluger took to social media Monday night saying he has learned that the facility in Midland will now be a temporary home for children between the ages of five and 12 years old.

The Congressman said teen girls, up to the age of 17, would also be brought to the facility.

“The lack of transparency from the Biden Administration is an outrage,” Pfluger said in a statement. “What was initially established as a temporary emergency holding site is again being expanded with zero communication or coordination with Midland law enforcement officers, or local officials, despite the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, personally assuring that miscommunications would not happen again.”

Republican lawmakers have been highly critical of the Biden Administration’s immigration policies in recent weeks, with many delegations making trips to the border directly.

Local leaders have also voiced concerns over transparency, saying they were initially given little information when the facility was first opened.

Most recently, District Attorney Laura Nodolf and the Midland County Sheriff’s Office announced they have launched an investigation related to abuse claims at the facility.

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