Federal agencies announced plans over the weekend to reunite migrant children with their parents in a detention center in Texas.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has “dedicated the Port Isabel Service Processing Center as the primary family reunification and removal center for adults in their custody.” The center is near Brownsville.
“The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families,” the DHS said in “Fact Sheet: Zero-Tolerance Prosecution and Family Reunification.”
The agencies announced they “have a process established to ensure that family members know the location of their children and have regular communication after separation to ensure that those adults who are subject to removal are reunited with their children for the purposes of removal.”
The agency said it has a “well-coordinated” process with Health and Human Services. It said “illegal adults, adults and children” are initially detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection — which is part of HHS — before children are sent to HHS’ Office of Refugee Reunification and parents to ICE.