>> A massive shelter along the Mexico border where migrant children eat, sleep, and learn. Once a Walmart, Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas, is now being used by the US government. To house nearly 1,500 migrant boys, most of them Central American or Mexican. And the first thing they see when they come in, this mural of President Trump.
With a line he tweeted two years before being elected to office. Quote, sometimes by losing a battle, you find a new way to win the war. As they line the hallways to go outside and play for their alloted two hours a day. The kids pass murals featuring other US Presidents and inspirational quotes.
Most are unaccompanied minors, while dozens of others have been forcibly separated from their parents. As a result of a new Trump administration zero tolerance policy that prosecutes anyone who crosses the border illegally. A measure that sparked outrage from both sides of the aisle Thursday.>> This is barbaric, this is not what America is, but this is the policy of the Trump administration.
>> We don't want kids to be separated from their parents, I think I just made that really clear.>> This is the first look at Casa Padre. The footage released by the Department of Health and Human Services. Comes after a US Senator was turned away when trying to gain access.
An influx of immigrants has brought the facility to the brink of capacity. With the shelter receiving a waiver to house nearly 300 more children than it's licensed for. A recent Reuters report showed that nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the border. From October 2016 to February of this year.