Austin mayor, council members see ‘tent city’ first hand


EL PASO, Texas (KXAN) — Mayor Steve Adler arrived in El Paso Wednesday night to get ready to see the now infamous tent city of Tornillo, holding undocumented immigrant children about 30 miles outside of El Paso.

The majority of Austin’s City Council are going along for the visit Thursday morning. The council members boarded a bus and were shuttled down to Tornillo around 10 a.m. 

Officials are still trying to figure out where to house thousands of children already separated from their parents.

KXAN confirmed with the federal government that more than 2,000 unaccompanied children have been placed in Texas since the fall of last year, including 138 in Travis County.

First, staff try and put them with their relatives, and when that doesn’t happen, they go into foster care.

Mayor Adler told us Wednesday that this is all because there is no long-term solution when it comes to immigration. And he did say he’s open to more children coming to Austin. 

“It is not good to have children in cages. It’s not good whether they are with their parents, or not with their parents. We really need to figure out what we are doing with immigration generally,” the mayor said.

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