HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration has reopened a tent facility to deal with as much as 700 immigrant youngsters after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied by a father or mother, an indication of rising worries about how youngsters are handled in authorities custody.

U.S. Well being and Human Companies stated Monday that the primary teenagers arrived at Carrizo Springs, Texas, which was transformed two years in the past right into a holding facility below former President Donald Trump. The power has been closed since July 2019.

Two years in the past, Carrizo Springs had a big tent serving as a eating corridor and meeting space, with youngsters housed in dormitories with bunk beds and tables. The power is reopening with modifications to account for the coronavirus pandemic.

HHS operates long-term amenities for immigrant youngsters apprehended by the Border Patrol. Its 7,100 beds are nearly fully full, main the company to re-open Carrizo Springs. In the meantime, round 700 youngsters are being held by Border Patrol, which has reopened a tent facility in South Texas and in any other case holds immigrants in stations unequipped to detain youngsters. The Border Patrol’s McAllen Processing Heart — the place photographs of detained immigrants had been shared worldwide when the Trump administration separated households — is closed for renovations that can take away massive cages shaped by chain-link fencing.

Democrats in the course of the Trump administration sharply criticized amenities like Carrizo Springs and others at Tornillo, Texas, and Homestead, Florida, for his or her excessive price — an estimated $775 per little one per day — and the dangers of detaining immigrant youngsters at camps not topic to the identical necessities as common amenities.

HHS says opening Carrizo Springs will present the beds essential to switch youngsters out of Border Patrol stations and ultimately place them with sponsors.