Massive facility housing young migrant girls abruptly shut down

A Houston warehouse providing shelter for nearly 500 unaccompanied migrant girls was closed after HHS pulled the $4 million contract with the non-profit that ran it after just 17 days.
2:12 | 04/19/21

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Transcript for Massive facility housing young migrant girls abruptly shut down
Now to the latest on the situation at the border. President Biden calling it a crisis for the first time amid questions surrounding a Houston facility for migrant girls that was suddenly shut down. Chief white house correspondent Cecilia Vega has the latest. Reporter: This morning, this massive Houston warehouse housing 500 migrant girls is shut down. ABC news obtaining this video of staffers removing belongings and girls being bused off the property. A police officer telling our team it was for their own Can you tell me why they're being moved? For their own safety. Reporter: Ending the $4 million contract with the nonprofit that ran the center after just 17 days. Multiple sources raised disturbing allegations about the conditions, not enough staffers to accompany children to the bathroom. Some girls TD to use plastic bags to relieve themselves. Children sitting on cots most of the day, nonexistent outdoor space. They were treated more like merchandise than as human beings. Reporter: This rights advocate toured it and was troubled by what he saw. They were not allowed to get up unless it was to shower or use the rest room. Even their meals were delivered to their cots. Reporter: The administration contracted the national association of Christian churches to run the site. They specialize in disaster relief, not caring for migrant kids. And this morning, there are serious questions about how this group was awarded a $4 million government contract in the first place. A lawyer for the church group tells ABC news the administration including health and human services secretary Xavier Becerra requested their services and did what they could do to help under the direction of HHS. As for the girls, many now relocated to other shelters like this one in Texas. Others reunited with their family. Now, the administration and white house officials are refusing to answer our questions about how this church group was vetted and how they got this contract. A white house spokesman does tell me, quote, this specific site did not meet the Biden administration's very high standard for child welfare but, Michael, we are hearing from sources that there were multiple allegations facing this center Thank you so much for that. We're going to turn now to

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