The Trump administration's tent cities that house migrant children separated from their parents cost three times more to operate than if families were detained together in existing facilities, NBC News reported.
The cost per child in the tent cities is $775 per night vs. $256 per child per night in a permanent Health and Human Services (HHS) detention facility in Brownsville, Texas. A permanent ICE detention facility in Dilley, Texas, is $298 per kid per night, NBC reported.
The average stay of separated kids is two months, NBC reports, and the administration has separated 2,300 kids from their families since implementing its "zero tolerance" policy on those trying to enter the country illegally.
The spike in costs in the tent cities is attributed to air conditioning, security, contractors and other costs that are necessary to safely house children, NBC reports.
HHS is "aggressively looking for potential sites" to erect tent cities to handle the flow of migrant kids in Little Rock, Arkansas, and in Arizona, NBC reports.
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