TORNILLO, Texas (CBS) — A newly-opened “tent city” along the Texas border is now at the center of the national immigration debate. The camp is housing teenage boys who illegally entered the United States — unaccompanied by an adult.
The march was organized by Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
“We were told there were 98 kids in this tent city yesterday, we were told today there are 200 kids,” O’Rourke said. “We’ve all got to own this, we cannot blame this on Trump, we cannot blame this on a political party — this is America right now, and so America’s gotta show up.”
This federal detention facility in rural El Paso is being used to house “unaccompanied minors.”
The teen boys began arriving Friday.
“My husband just said ‘it’s been a long time since I was in a protest march — back when we were protesting against Vietnam,'” Jane Boyd told CBS News.
“It’s facilities that you would see if you went to any kind of natural disaster site, tents like the U.N. uses,” said Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas.
Hurd has been inside the encampment, currently housing 16 and 17 year-old boys.
“There are 20 kids per tent, there’s two adults in the room,” he added.
These images were just released by border patrol @CBP showing the McAllen, Texas detention facility that we were allowed to tour today. For now, we can only rely on what they give us. They will not allow us inside to film on our own. Why? “Privacy”; they don’t want faces shown pic.twitter.com/laZAyEHwij
Jaclyn Allotta brought her two children to protest Sunday.
“I’m here because I grew up in a border town and now live in a border town, this just pulls at my heart strings,” Allotta said. “For me it’s not a political issue, it’s a mother issue, it’s a neighbor issue, it’s a what’s right issue.”
Despite a number of requests, CBS News is not being allowed inside — not even near the perimeter of the facility. Officials said there are 200 kids inside now, but at capacity it can hold up to 4,000 children.