NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A group of White House officials and members of Congress are headed to South Texas today to tour a facility for migrant children run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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The Biden administration has tried to keep the public from seeing images from inside facilities where children have been detained for longer than the 3 days allowed under law, but during the March 24 visit HHS is allowing some press access inside the Carrizo Springs Facility which houses children ages 13-17.
A statement from the White House said, in part —
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“Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security provided B-roll footage of their Donna and El Paso facilities to members of the media. The Biden Administration is committed to transparency and will continue to work with agencies on creating avenues for media access and visibility at both Homeland Security and Health and Human Service facilities.”
Carrizo Springs is approximately 115 miles southwest of San Antonio and some 45 miles from the Mexican border.