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>> President Trump is vowing to keep migrant families together after his policy of separating children from their parents drew outrage.>> Do not go any further.>> But the policy shift is creating a new problem. Where to house the rising number of families detained at the border? Reuters has learned there are only three facilities equipped to house the families while they await court proceedings for illegal entry.
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And those sites in Texas and Pennsylvania have only about 3,300 beds. Reporter Yeganeh Torbati is following the story.>> The Trump administration has rolled out a very significant and dramatic policy, but has not answered the basic questions as to how that policy is going to be implemented. But I think a fair estimate is that they would need thousands more beds, and that would take months.
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And there are gonna be some obstacles to that. They're gonna have to repurpose some facilities, and in the mean time, more families are coming, and so it's unclear, sort of, what exactly is going to happen with this policy at the border.>> The Department of Health and Human Services is considering at least three US military bases in Texas to house the families with as many as 20,000 children.
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Trump officials came under intense fire for detaining children in chain linked cages and in ten cities under the now abandoned separation policy. An immigrant advocate say, they'll fight housing families under those conditions.>> They could construct sort of tent facilities on US military bases, what one person I spoke to referred to as essentially a refugee camp.
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They could build such a thing fairly quickly. But that would very, very quickly garner lawsuits and complaints. The legal status of such a facility would be very much in question almost immediately.>> Attorneys and medical professionals say that detention can traumatize children even when they are united with their parents.
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Volunteers at the Texas facility tell Reuters of a child who stopped eating and fell into depression, and another who stopped walking after three weeks in detention. A 2016 report by a Department of Homeland Security Advisory Committee recommended the government stop the use of family detention citing limited access to legal counsel and healthcare.