For the first time on Tuesday, the Biden administration allowed journalists to visit its key border facility.
The Texas tent facility has a capacity of 250 people, but it was holding more than 4,000 migrants.
According to The Associated Press, many of the refugees are unaccompanied minors.
A Department of Homeland Security facility with a capacity of 250 is housing more than 4,000 refugees, many of whom are children and families.
President Joe Biden has come under fire for his administration’s lack of accountability as thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children have arrived at the US southern border in recent weeks.
US Customs and Border Protection permitted two journalists from The Associated Press and a crew from CBS to visit the Donna, Texas, facility in the Rio Grande Valley for the first time on Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, the tour showed a “severely” overcrowded tent facility with a capacity of 250 migrants packed into pods.
Hundreds of children are housed in eight small pods. Many of them held more than 500 children.
Unaccompanied migrant children are processed in tent facilities before being transported to Department of Health and Human Services shelters, where they are reunited with family or sponsors.
Hundreds of children were housed in eight small pods covering 3,200 square feet when journalists arrived on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Many were said to contain more than 500 children.
According to the Associated Press, 250 to 300 children join the Rio Grande Valley every day, but far fewer leave.
A caretaker keeps an eye on the youngest ones, who are kept in a large play pen.
According to the Associated Press, unaccompanied migrant children aged 3 to 9 are held apart from other prisoners and housed in a small playpen with mats on the floor for sleeping.
When migrants arrive at the facility, they wait to be processed in the intake area.
They must first pass a health test and be tested for lice.
Before they reach the crowded facility, their hair is hosed down and screened for lice. According to the Associated Press, minors are tested for scabies, flu, and other illnesses.
Unaccompanied minors are also given psychiatric examinations by nurse practitioners, who ask if they have ever had suicidal thoughts.
To avoid any damage, the facility removes all shoelaces, according to the outlet.
COVID-19 evaluations are only given to people who are having symptoms.
The migrants are taken to a second intake room after their medical examinations, where they are given notices to appear in immigration court.
Border agents then encourage migrants to talk with a US contact over the phone if they have one.
Migrants over the age of 14 are fingerprinted and photographed. Younger ones, on the other hand, do not.
The kids are given a barcoded bracelet that includes information about their medical appointments and showers.
The majority of unaccompanied minors have traveled long distances to get to the border, including some on foot, and are ready to rest.