US awards huge shelter contracts amid child migrant increase

US awards huge shelter contracts amid child migrant increase

FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, Fatima Nayeli, 13, center, talks to journalists as she holds the hand of her sister, Cynthia Stacy, 8, and Davidson Jair, 7, after they were smuggled on an inflatable raft across the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. All three children traveled from El Salvador in the hope of reaching relatives living in the U.S. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, an unaccompanied migrant minor sits next to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle at an intake area after turning herself in upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Roma, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2021, file photo, migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this March 21, 2021, file photo, a 7-year-old migrant girl from Honduras, right, tries to keep up with Fernanda Solis, 25, also of Honduras, as they approach a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center to turn themselves in while seeking asylum moments after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, in Mission, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this March 28, 2021, file photo, a child's knitted cap lies on the ground near the banks of the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, an unaccompanied minor looks up as he waits to answer questions from a U.S. Border Patrol agent at an intake site after he was smuggled on an inflatable raft across the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
This June 20, 2014, file photo shows a Southwest Key Programs sign in Brownsville, Texas. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $79 million contract to the nonprofit organization to provide child care and case management services at one of the new child migrant facilities in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, unaccompanied minor Kaylee Samantha, 7, who said she came alone from Mexico, gets off of a small inflatable raft onto U.S. soil after being delivered by a smuggler in Roma, Texas. She said she is trying to reach relatives in the U.S. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

US awards huge shelter contracts amid child migrant increase

FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, Fatima Nayeli, 13, center, talks to journalists as she holds the hand of her sister, Cynthia Stacy, 8, and Davidson Jair, 7, after they were smuggled on an inflatable raft across the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. All three children traveled from El Salvador in the hope of reaching relatives living in the U.S. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, an unaccompanied migrant minor sits next to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle at an intake area after turning herself in upon crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Roma, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this March 23, 2021, file photo, migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Mission, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this March 21, 2021, file photo, a 7-year-old migrant girl from Honduras, right, tries to keep up with Fernanda Solis, 25, also of Honduras, as they approach a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center to turn themselves in while seeking asylum moments after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, in Mission, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this March 28, 2021, file photo, a child's knitted cap lies on the ground near the banks of the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, an unaccompanied minor looks up as he waits to answer questions from a U.S. Border Patrol agent at an intake site after he was smuggled on an inflatable raft across the Rio Grande river in Roma, Texas. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
This June 20, 2014, file photo shows a Southwest Key Programs sign in Brownsville, Texas. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $79 million contract to the nonprofit organization to provide child care and case management services at one of the new child migrant facilities in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2021, file photo, unaccompanied minor Kaylee Samantha, 7, who said she came alone from Mexico, gets off of a small inflatable raft onto U.S. soil after being delivered by a smuggler in Roma, Texas. She said she is trying to reach relatives in the U.S. Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter-construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
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