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Walmart ‘shocked’ its former store is now detention center for migrant kids

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart used social media to respond to the fact that one of its former supercenters in Texas has been converted into a detainment center for migrant children.

In a tweet, Walmart stated: “We had no idea our former store would be used for such a disturbing purpose, A.L. We are just as shocked and disappointed as you are.”

The retail giant’s tweet was in response to a tweet that said: “@walmart THESE CHILDREN ARE HOUSED IN @walmart !! #Boycott!!”

The 250,000-sq.-ft. facility, in Brownsville, Texas, formerly housed a Walmart Supercenter. The store closed in 2016. It houses nearly 1,500 migrant boys between the ages of 10 and 17, some of whom were separated from their parents at the Mexico border.

 

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