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Hundreds of Migrant Kids Separated From Parents Are Stuck at Border Stations

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    Hundreds of Migrant Kids Separated From Parents Are Stuck at Border Stations
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    This Feb. 22, 2018, file photo shows a Honduran mother walk with her children next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence as they turn themselves in to Border Patrol agents near Penitas, Texas.

    Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border as part of the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, according to two U.S. officials and a document obtained by NBC News.

    As of Sunday, nearly 300 of the 550 children currently in custody at U.S. border stations had spent more than 72 hours there, the time limit for immigrants of any age to be held in the government's temporary facilities. Almost half of those 300 children are younger than 12, according to the document, meaning they are classified by the Department of Homeland Security as "tender age children."

    The stations, run by the Border Patrol and meant only as the first stop for children detained at the border, often lack adequate bedding or separate sleeping rooms for children.

    "It would be highly inappropriate and even unsafe to hold children for extended periods in these short-term border facilities because they often lack the adequate medical and nutritional resources for these young people," said Greg Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

    Rep. Cummings on Family Separation: 'We Are Better Than That!'

    [NATL] Rep. Cummings on Family Separation: 'We Are Better Than That!'

    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) slammed the Trump administration’s practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday in an emotional speech during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. “We will not do that. We are better than that. We are so much better,” Cummings said.

    (Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018)

    A spokesman for DHS did not respond to a request for comment.