With the number of migrant children in government custody rising fast, the Trump administration said Thursday that it will open an additional temporary shelter in the desert outside El Paso.
The shelter site, at the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna port of entry, is about 20 miles east of El Paso along the Mexican border. It was last used in 2016 to house migrant children and families in large, dormitory-style canvas tents.
Children will begin arriving in the next few days, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for their care. The site will have 360 beds, according to HHS officials, with the potential to add more. The Tornillo site will be the only location, to date, where HHS plans to put children in tents, or what the agency calls “semi-permanent structures.”
HHS said Thursday that it had 11,432 migrant children in its custody, up from 9,000 at the beginning of May. The numbers include minors who arrived at the border without a relative as well as children separated from their parents as part of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” push to file criminal charges against anyone who enters the United States illegally.
The vast majority of migrant children in HHS care are held in a network of about 100 shelters around the country, including one at a repurposed Walmart with nearly 1,500 boys in Brownsville, Tex., visited by The Washington Post and other news outlets this week.
— Nick Miroff and Robert Moore
Kellogg Co. said on Thursday that it is recalling an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 U.S. states due to the potential for salmonella contamination, in the latest case of U.S. food products possibly tainted by the illness-causing bacteria.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it worked with Kellogg to issue the recall after preliminary evidence linked the product to more than 60 illnesses.
The U.S. health regulator also said it is inspecting the facility that manufactures Honey Smacks.
Kellogg earlier on Thursday said it launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer that produces the cereal immediately after being contacted by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding reports of illnesses.
The company said the affected products had use-by dates of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019. The voluntary recall involves its 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce Honey Smacks packages. No other Kellogg products are impacted by the recall, the company said.
A judge has ordered probation, a fine and community service for an Arkansas man who slit a pit bull’s throat on camera in Louisiana and another man who made the video and posted it on Snapchat.
Steven Sadler and video-maker Boots Stanley, both of Hamburg, Ark., were sentenced Thursday in Morehouse Parish on one count each of aggravated animal cruelty, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Each man got three years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 480 hours of community service, Lewis Unglesby, one of Stanley’s attorneys, said in a phone interview from Baton Rouge. Donating $5,000 to the Morehouse Parish Humane Society would cancel half the community service, he said.
Judge Carl Sharp suspended a three-year prison sentence for each and barred them from owning animals for a year, District Attorney Steve Tew said.
— Associated Press