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Texas Nonprofit to Get $458 Million for Immigrant Child Detentions

A Texas nonprofit operating several detention facilities for immigrant children is set to receive more than $458 million this year from the Trump administration, according to government data cited by Bloomberg. Southwest Key Programs Inc. is only one of several organizations tasked with caring for immigrant children detained at the border, but it has become notorious in recent days after journalists who visited one of its facilities described children in cage-like accommodations. The organization runs more than a dozen such facilities in Texas, as well as several in California and Arizona. The federal government paid the group $286 million in 2017 and $211 million in 2016, according to Bloomberg. The nonprofit is expanding its operations under President Trump’s zero-tolerance policies, with plans for a new center in Houston for up to 240 children.