US shutters large migrant facility in Texas amid flu outbreak

The US border patrol company has halted consumption at a migrant holding facility in Texas after an outbreak of a “flu-related illness.” The closure comes simply sooner or later after a 16-year-old detainee died in custody.

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) company stated it could quickly droop operations at its major migrant facility in McAllen, Texas, citing an unknown virus.

“To avoid the spread of illness” the company has “temporarily suspended intake operations” on the McAllen facility, CBP stated in a press release Tuesday, including that medical workers had “identified a large number of subjects in custody with high fevers whom are also displaying signs of a flu-related illness.”

New arrestees can be diverted to different holding facilities “until this situation is resolved,” the assertion stated.

Sixteen-year-old Guatemalan migrant Carlos Hernandez was discovered unresponsive on Monday at a close-by holding middle after spending six days on the McAllen facility – twice so long as US legislation permits authorities to carry underage detainees. He later died.

While CPB stated the reason for the teenager’s demise was unknown in a press release Monday, throughout his keep on the facility Hernandez instructed workers he wasn’t feeling properly, and a nurse decided he had the flu, a border official instructed the press.

Hernandez is the fifth minor to die at a US immigrant holding middle since final December.

The McAllen facility, a transformed warehouse designed to carry 1,500 folks, right now homes some 2,400 detainees. The federal border company, barely capable of sustain with the inflow of migrants, has already blown by way of this yr’s $12.5 million finances for McAllen and has requested one other $12.5 million to maintain the operation afloat.

Critics of unfastened immigration insurance policies have lengthy pointed to the chance of migrants carrying lethal ailments throughout borders, together with President Donald Trump himself, who in 2015 claimed “tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border.”