Inside an old warehouse in south Texas hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing.
One cage had 20 children inside.
Scattered about are bottles of water – bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.
One teenager told an advocate who visited she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility.
She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl’s diaper.
On Sunday the US Border Patrol allowed reporters to briefly visit the facility where it holds families arrested at the southern border – responding to new criticism and protests over the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy and resulting separation of families.
More than 1,100 people were inside the large dark facility that was divided into separate wings for unaccompanied children – adults on their own and mothers and fathers with children.
The cages in each wing open into common area – to use portable restrooms.
The overhead lighting stays on around the clock.
Reporters were not allowed by agents to interview any of the detainees or take photos.