The facilities in Tornillo and other locations where the children will be housed are suitable places for the children to be kept, said Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback.

“They are secure with onsite security, full medical care and food,” Louderback said, adding that minor children and infants also receive proper care. “(They get) all of the basic necessities to sustain them while their case is being worked on by the system.”

Andrew Rokovich, president of the Victoria Young Republicans, said he hates to see a mother be separated from her child and thinks it would be better to just send them back. However, he likes to have a president who hasn’t forgotten the rule of law.

“His job is to do what the law says,” Rokovich said. “At the end of the day, the parents are breaking the law.”

The separation stems from the children not being able to stay with their parents after they are criminally charged with an immigration violation.

Louderback said immigrant children are taken to the facilities by government officials similar to how American children would be taken by Child Protective Services.

“That’s what we do: We separate families when someone is charged with a crime,” he said. “If both parents are sent to prison, we have to use social services while things are taken care of or restored.”

Ismael Perez reports on arts/entertainment and breaking news for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached at iperez@vicad.com or 361-580-6558.

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