Migrant Children Staying Overnight on Buses Outside Dallas Convention Center Before Traveling to Family, Sponsors – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Some minors who immigrated to the United States without their parents wait for buses in a parking lot outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas before being sent to relatives or sponsors, according to a report by NBC News.
These minors stay on the buses overnight, eat and use the bathroom on the bus, the owner of one of the bus companies and attorneys for the children told NBC News.
According to NBC News, the family of a 15-year-old boy waited on buses in Dallas Saturday through Wednesday before traveling to Seattle.
The boy Joel came from Honduras to be reunited with his mother Doris and uncle Elvin in Washington, NBC News reported.
According to NBC News, Joel called Doris and Elvin from a bus in the parking lot in Dallas on Saturday night. Doris and Elvin were instructed by a health and welfare officer to stay on the phone for instructions on how to pick Joel up on Monday when he is brought to Washington.
Doris and Elvin didn’t hear from Joel or HHS until Tuesday afternoon when Joel called them from a friend’s phone while he was still in the parking lot in Dallas.
According to NBC News, a local news crew in the parking lot counted a total of nine buses on Tuesday night, and crew members said they saw children on the buses on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Doris and Elvin were later ordered by HHS to expect Joel on Friday, NBC News reported.
According to NBC News, Joel has been in HHS care for more than 42 days.
NBC News reported that it is unclear how many children stayed on the buses as long as Joel, but Joel told Doris and Elvin that many children stayed on consecutive days and nights.
NBC News inquired about the practice of holding children on buses in the Dallas parking lot, and within 24 hours HHS told Doris and Elvin that Joel would be flown to Seattle for the reunion by Thursday.
By Thursday, all buses were gone from the parking lot, NBC News reported.
“This is totally unacceptable,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We are investigating this quickly to get to the bottom of what has happened and we will work to make sure this never happens again.” The safety and well-being of children are our priority. “
A spokesperson for HHS told NBC News that the agency “is working aggressively with its interactors to ensure that unaccompanied migrant children are safely and safely reunited with family members or other appropriate sponsors as quickly and safely as possible.”
The owner of one of the bus companies told NBC News that last week it started leasing its buses to MVM, the company that holds the government contract.
The kids are supposed to be “in and out,” just waiting for enough kids to get to a certain location for a bus to leave, the owner told NBC News.
The bus company’s owner told NBC News that he visits his buses every 12 hours to clean them as all buses require a full wipe due to trash, groceries and sometimes overcrowded bathrooms.
The buses stay in the parking lot for 24 hours, the bus company’s owner told NBC News, and some children wait just a few hours while others stay on the buses overnight.
The buses take children from Dallas to destinations in New York and California, the bus company’s owner told NBC News.
“The reports of children being detained on buses for long periods outside of the HHS Dallas facility are outrageous, unacceptable and not up to this government’s standard of childcare,” a White House spokesman told NBC News immediately and fully investigated become. There is no excuse for this way of treating children and we will ensure that those responsible are held accountable. “
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