Perspectives: Texas Holding Facility for Immigrant Teens Reopens

Headline Roundup February 24th, 2021

President Joe Biden's administration reopened a Texas holding facility this week for unauthorized immigrant teenagers who cross the Mexico-U.S. border without a parent. The shelter was opened in July 2019 and closed roughly a month later. News of its reopening drew comparisons between Biden and former President Donald Trump on immigration policy at the border.

Voices from the right, especially on social media, criticized media coverage of the reopening as too lenient compared to the "kids in cages" mantra that often appeared in coverage of the Trump administration's policies for detaining unauthorized immigrant families. Some on the left dismissed these criticisms, usually by citing the fact that this specific reopening doesn't involve U.S. border officials separating children from their parents.

Perspectives: Texas Holding Facility for Immigrant Teens Reopens

From the Center

President Joe Biden’s administration has reopened a tent facility to house up to 700 immigrant teenagers after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied by a parent, a sign of growing worries about how children are treated in government custody.

U.S. Health and Human Services said Monday that the first teens arrived at Carrizo Springs, Texas, which was converted two years ago into a holding facility under former President Donald Trump. The facility has been closed since July 2019.

Two years ago, Carrizo Springs had a large tent serving as a...

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From the Right

The Washington Post raised eyebrows on Monday night for a report on the first newly opened "migrant facility for children" under President Biden, which critics compared to the "kids in cages" mantra that was pushed during the Trump administration.

"Dozens of migrant teens boarded vans Monday for the trip down a dusty road to a former man camp for oil field workers here, the first migrant child facility opened under the Biden administration," the Post reported from Carrizo Springs, Texas. "The emergency facility — a vestige of the Trump...

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From the Left

For as long as former president Donald Trump’s highly controversial policies on children at the U.S.-Mexico border have been at issue, there have been allegations of hypocrisy leveled against critics of those policies. Democrats accused Trump of putting “kids in cages,” so Trump and his defenders pointed out that the chain-link partitions were built by the Obama administration. Democrats decried the separation of children from their families, so Trump defenders pointed out this happened sometimes under Barack Obama, too.

Both of those allegations of hypocrisy were vastly oversimplified. As The...

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