The US government released some memorable images on Thursday, revealing the inside of a mysterious new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) immigration detention center for children who crossed illegally into the United States.

Called “Casa Padre,” the former 250,000-square-foot Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, houses nearly 1,469 boys between the ages of 10 and 17.

This is the first glimpse inside one of these detention centers that are spring up across the U.S. since the Trump administration enacted a “zero tolerance” immigration policy in April, the result, well, thousands of children have been separated from their parents who illegally crossed the border with them.

Earlier this week, the federal government allowed a hand-selected group of reporters to tour the warehouse of children. Before entering, journalists had to agree to a list of preconditions, including no cameras, cell phones, smart devices, and or recorders. Officials told the journalists that children and employees were not allowed to be interviewed.

Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for illegal minors, in Brownsville, Texas. This photo was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. (Source: ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters)
A mural of President Trump is seen within the facility saying “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” (Source: ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters)


A child is checking out after receiving lunch in a former Mc Donald’s within the facility.  (Source: ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters)
A mural of different races on a wall at the shelter. (Source: ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters)
Each bedroom houses five beds. (Source: ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters)
Towels hang on a wall outside of each bedroom. (Source: ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters)
Children are seen playing FIFA on PlayStation devices in the game room of the facility. (Source: ACF/HHS/Handout via Reuters)

Jacob Soboroff, an MSNBC correspondent, said, “I’m a part of the first group of journalists to go into the shelter for detained child migrants in Brownsville Texas since the zero tolerance separation policy was announced. 1000+ boys here.”

Soboroff said that the government provided journalists with a media kit of images from the tour.

Soboroff also said the Trump administration has chosen a new location — Tornillo, Texas — where “HHS will erect a ‘tent city,’ full of large tents whose walls touch the ground, estimated to hold approximately 450 beds for children.”

Soboroff then blames the Trump administration for overcrowded conditions at the Brownsville facility — calling it a “crisis.”

Exclusive Video: NBC News secured video from inside the overcrowded Casa Padre facility.

With the 2018 midterm elections in the not too distant future, the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy could turn into an overcrowding crisis at facilities, as some reporters who toured the Casa Padre facility have already pointed out.

It is evident that officials in Washington are scrambling to contain the overflow by opening tent cities in various regions.

With the destruction of retail brick and mortar stores, there should be enough Kmarts, Toys“R”Us, and Walmarts around the nation to provide as core infrastructure for President Trump’s exploding new industry of child migrant detention centers.

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