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Tornillo prison camp for migrant children set to shut down by month's end

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A human rights nightmare is coming to an end, with the prison camp jailing migrant children in Tornillo shuting down by 1/31. “I noticed one of the large tents being taken down, and as of yesterday another large tent is being taken down. I've noticed a lot of bathroom trailers rolling out of there. They've rolled out dozens of mobile offices. And I see vans full of kids heading out. These are all really hopeful signs."

During its operation, the prison camp’s population surged from 450 children in June to nearly 3,000 last month. This was the government’s own doing: Rather than ensuring kids could be placed with family members or other sponsors, officials made it more difficult for them to be released, including by implementing an “unprecedented” baiting tactic whereby potential sponsors, under increased vetting, were arrested by immigration officials.

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