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Newest Migrant Shelter Eager to Reveal Its Quality 
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by: Rep. Lopez, Ray

Carrizo Springs, Texas – On Saturday, July 13th elected officials, including Texas State Representative Ray Lopez, began a tour of the small temporary emergency influx shelter outside of Carrizo Springs. This shelter is specifically designed to house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) apprehended crossing the border without a parent or legal guardian.

The Carrizo Springs Shelter currently houses 200-300 children daily and strives to unite UACs with their American sponsors within 72 hours of their arrival. All the children who enter this shelter are transferred from their original centers of intake. Rep. Lopez was happy to see this specific facility’s superior onsite medical treatment capabilities, effective short-term educational programs, and strong prioritization of proper employee conduct.

The compound strongly resembled any emergency relief outpost. There were adequate sanitation facilities, and the number of children being aided that morning was less than a third of the maximum the shelter can provide for. Near the end of the tour, Representative Lopez noted that “It’s as if we’re reading the last chapter of book that ends well. Although this facility has been built with far improved conditions from what has been reported elsewhere, I wish we had more data and information about these peoples’ journeys that can help our government to properly respond to mediate this horrific crisis.”

This shelter, managed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), is being fully operated by employees of the non-profit BCFS, an internationally recognized emergency response and management organization.

The effort by ORR and HHS to counter recent negative reports of conditions at immigration centers with the quality of this new facility was apparent. Rep. Lopez commented, “I believe that the most comprehensive approach is to define the entire process of migrating here, from the time the Asylum Seeker leaves their home to the time they get placed with a US sponsor or are deported. This will help us to define the level of aide needed to address issues at specific points in the immigration process, and to better understand how to truly help these people.”

Ray Lopez
State Representative, District 125

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