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Sen. John Cornyn visits migrant holding facility in Midland

After his tour of the facility today, Senator Cornyn says the problem remains at the border, but while the teens are here, it is our responsibility to care for them.
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 7:46 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - In the past two days, we’ve learned new information regarding the migrant holding facility in Midland.

The teens are under care from a new organization - and U.S. senator John Cornyn took a tour of the facility with Mayor Patrick Payton and Judge Terry Johnson.

Yesterday, Midland city councilwoman Lori Blong learned that the Southwest Key program would be providing care for the teens at the facility now.

Today, Senator Cornyn, Judge Johnson, and Mayor Payton reported that all the kids were being looked after and cared for.

The situation at the migrant holding facility remains fluid and ever-changing.

Councilwoman Lori Blong learned that Southwest Key took over as the primary caregivers to the teens at the facility.

Blong says the change in care comes as FEMA and Red Cross volunteers are being sent home or other sites.

“We’ve got a broken system, and our president and federal leadership are not doing well by us as it relates to this facility. I do believe that these kids are here now, and they’re being cared for, and Midlanders need to be able to separate those two things in their minds and as they’re speaking about it,” said Blong.

After his tour of the facility today, Senator Cornyn says the problem remains at the border, but while the teens are here, it is our responsibility to care for them.

He added that care of the children costs the American taxpayer over a thousand dollars a day.

“This sends signals to the drug traffickers; this sends signals to the migrants that sure come on in, we’ve got a big welcome mat here. Obviously, the way things are working is not working in anybody’s interest, certainly not the American taxpayers’ interest, certainly not in the interest of public safety, public health, and national security,” said Senator Cornyn.

All three officials say that the teens’ ultimate goal is to be reunified with their relatives here in the u.s.

Many of the kids’ parents are already here and have been for a while.

Regarding COVID-19 statistics at the facility, Judge Johnson says that there are now 60 positive cases among the minors.

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