Approximately 150 unaccompanied migrant children from the U.S.-Mexico border arrived in Erie Tuesday night.

The plane touched down at Erie International Airport around 9 p.m. It left El Paso, Texas, around 6 p.m.

Several charter buses picked up the children at the airport and brought them to the dormitories on Oliver Rd. in Summit Township, which will serve as an emergency intake site for children ages 12 and under, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The facility has more than 250 beds prepared with clean linens and blankets ready for the children.

Once they arrive, the children will be checked by a physician. They will have their temperatures taken and will be checked for COVID-19. A psychologist will also meet with the kids.

Additionally, each child will be assigned a case worker and will be provided clean clothing, including pajamas, underwear and socks. All the children will receive toiletries, as well.

The ratio of kids to adults will be approximately 15 to 1, according to an HHS spokesperson.

A typical stay at the facility will be between 30 and 45 days with the goal of reuniting each child with a parent or family member in the United States as soon as possible.

HHS told Erie News Now at their regular community based facilities, the cost for each of these children who are separated from their families is $290 per day, but in the case of a temporary shelter such as the Summit Township dormitory that had to be modified and equipped, the cost is much higher at $775 per day.

 
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