More than 2,000 workers at America’s largest detention center for migrant children have not undergone proper background checks after the Trump administration waived the usual protocol, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.
The memo, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press, says the former director of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement personally signed off on sidestepping requirements for child abuse and neglect checks at the tent city in Tornillo, Texas.
None of the 2,100 staff has gone through FBI fingerprint checks either, but the Tornillo contractor says staff are vetted in other ways.
The tent facility was billed as temporary when the Trump administration announced its opening in June, with a plan to house 360 migrant children.
The facility currently holds 2,324 migrant teens and is unlikely to close any time soon.
An Associated Press investigation has found that federal plans to close Tornillo by New Years’ Eve may be nearly impossible to meet. A contract obtained by AP shows the project could continue into 2020 and planned closures have already been extended three times since this summer.