Updated at 7:28 p.m. ET Casa Padre is a former Walmart Super Center converted into living, recreation and dining quarters for 1,469 immigrant boys, ages 10 to 17. Located in Brownsville, Texas, across from a pizza joint and a McDonald's, it is the largest government-contracted youth shelter in the country. On Wednesday, reporters were allowed a rare glimpse inside. The sprawling shelter was opened in March 2017 by the Texas nonprofit Southwest Key. Shelters for minors are now 95 percent full and officials are even considering housing young immigrants temporarily at U.S. military facilities. Casa Padre has room for just 28 more children. The federal government is looking for additional places to put the surge of immigrant children coming across the...
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'These Are Not Kids Kept In Cages': Inside A Texas Shelter For Immigrant Youth