Long Beach, California 2021-05-29 03:14:50 –
Approximately 600 immigrant children housed in the reception center of the Long Beach Convention Center have reunited with US families and sponsors, the US Department of Health and Human Services, which operates the site, reported on Friday.
According to HHS, the release of 584 children will leave 152 immigrant children in the shelter.
“Let’s allow all children to reunite with their families,” said Mayor Robert Garcia of Long Beach in a tweet, reflecting the numbers provided by HHS.
The Long Beach site opened for acceptance on April 22 and is capable of accommodating approximately 1,000 children. Immigrant children are temporarily protected as part of the federal government’s national humanitarian efforts to assist unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border.
According to HHS, children will receive a medical examination, clothing, toiletries and food upon arrival. The facility accommodates girls under the age of 17 and boys under the age of 12.