First photos from inside facilities for illegal immigrant children separated from parents. Not what you thought?

The Department of Health and Human Services hosted a tour for select journalists on Friday of a facility in El Cajon, California, where illegal alien children separated from their parents are being held.

Video of the visit to the Southwest Key facility captures a scene far different from the cages being portrayed on social media and by some anti-Trump media outlets.

Journalists could not take photos or videos, out of concern for the children’s privacy, according to Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak, who was among those taking Friday’s tour.

Photos were provided by HHS after being reviewed to unsure such privacy.


“The children are separated from their parents — or, to be precise, from the adults accompanying them, who may or may not be their parents — when their parents cross the southern U.S. border illegally and are caught and detained,” Pollak wrote.

Adults were being released under the “catch-and-release” policy revived by former President Barack Obama. Under the Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy, they are being detained and children cannot be incarcerated with them — thus the separation.


As Pollak noted, families seeking asylum that arrive at legal ports of entry are not being split up in most cases.

The facility toured in run by a nonprofit organization called Southwest Key and has 65 beds. Occupied by boys 6 to 17, it’s located in a quiet, suburban neighborhood.



There is a classroom set up and the children are taught English, according to Pollak.


“They have limited access to telephones to call relatives, both in the U.S. and abroad,” the Breitbart senior-editor-at-large reported.

“They receive therapy, both as individuals and in group sessions. They enjoy field trips to local museums, parks, and the zoo.”

And while these photos will not receive the wall-to-wall coverage Obama-era photos attributed to the Trump administration has received, it’s clear that these children are NOT living in cages.

Tom Tillison


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