Proposed Texas Shelter For Young Migrants Would Be Biggest In U.S.

CLINT (July 28, 2014) Officials are considering a bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would be the largest in the U.S. for unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally.

A number of sites in Texas and elsewhere are being considered for detention facilities for many of the more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. since October, but with 3,500 beds, the proposed Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge southeast of El Paso would be far larger than other centers.

A temporary processing facility in McAllen holds about 1,000 children.

The lodge's marketing director, Charles McGuire said the principal backers of the bid previously have invested in housing for oil workers in Texas.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is reviewing the proposal.