MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — While a migrant detention facility for unaccompanied minors in South Florida has gotten lots of attention, a new one is opening about 100 miles to the north.
A nonprofit organization has begun sheltering migrant teenage girls at a new Florida facility with a federal government grant.READ MORE: Some Miami-Dade School Board Members Wanted 'Different Leadership Qualities, Qualifications' In New Superintendent
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants says the teens arriving in Lake Worth, Florida receive classroom education, and mental health and legal services until they are reunited with relatives in the U.S.READ MORE: Pfizer And BioNtech Begin Clinical Trial For Omicron-Specific COVID-19 Vaccine
The Virginia nonprofit’s spokeswoman Annette Sheckler said Wednesday that up to 141 girls can be housed in a building in two- or four-bed units. The girls come mostly from Central America and began arriving in the past few weeks. Fewer than 50 are housed there now.
The facility opens amid scathing criticism from lawmakers and migrant advocates about poor conditions at migrant shelters in Texas and the treatment of young migrants at a facility in Homestead, Florida.MORE NEWS: Coast Guard Searching For 39 People After Boat Capsizes Off Florida Coast
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