AUSTIN (July 1, 2014) Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner David Lakey told state lawmakers Tuesday that he’s concerned about the potential health consequences of packing unaccompanied immigrant children into U.S. Border Patrol facilities until they can be moved elsewhere.
Lakey said so far the state has found mostly only minor diseases such as scabies and chicken pox among the thousands of children who have crossed the border in recent months.
But he told lawmakers the state has concerns about children being tightly packed into U.S. Border Patrol facilities until they're sent elsewhere.
Lakey said the Border Patrol needs to "rethink their protocol" because children are not leaving those offices fast enough.
He said there are health risks when so many people are crammed together and sharing just one bathroom.
Lakey says state health officials have seen just a handful of cases of tuberculosis, lice and swine flu.