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Inside the old Walmart where 1,500 undocumented immigrant kids are being held

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More than a thousand undocumented immigrant children are being held in an old Walmart in Texas, where they reportedly stay inside for 22 hours a day sharing a room with four other boys.

Inside the prison-like Casa Padre facility in Brownsville, Texas, nearly 1,500 boys from 10 to 17 years old eat in the cafeteria, watch movies like “Moana,” and play soccer, pool, and video games. The boys stay in the shelter, which has classrooms, a barber shop, and a medical area where they receive screening and treatment, for an average of 52 days before being placed with a sponsor, NBC News reported.

Reporters were allowed access to the shelter — and to take photos and videos — for the first time after a Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, attempted to inspect the conditions of the shelter. He was turned away by a police escort, which was captured on Facebook Live at the time.

“We likely wouldn’t have had a shot at getting inside Casa Padre tonight had @SenJeffMerkley not tried and been turned away before us,” Soboroff tweeted.

The footage from inside the Brownsville facility shows the close-quarters the boys live in and sobering details from their environment, including a mural of President Donald Trump accompanied by the words: “Sometimes by losing a battle, you find a new way to win the war.”

More than a thousand undocumented immigrant children are being held in an old Walmart in Texas, where they reportedly stay inside for 22 hours a day sharing a room with four other boys.

Inside the prison-like Casa Padre facility in Brownsville, Texas, nearly 1,500 boys from 10 to 17 years old eat in the cafeteria, watch movies like “Moana,” and play soccer, pool, and video games. The boys stay in the shelter, which has classrooms, a barber shop, and a medical area where they receive screening and treatment, for an average of 52 days before being placed with a sponsor, NBC News reported.

Reporters were allowed access to the shelter — and to take photos and videos — for the first time after a Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, attempted to inspect the conditions of the shelter. He was turned away by a police escort, which was captured on Facebook Live at the time.

“We likely wouldn’t have had a shot at getting inside Casa Padre tonight had @SenJeffMerkley not

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