Two girls who were separated from their parents after allegedly entering illegally into the U.S. are being held in this Pleasant Hill house, which is operated by a nonprofit.

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East Bay Home Is 'Shelter' For Girls Separated From Parents At Border

Jenna Lane
June 26, 2018 - 4:07 pm

A suburban ranch house on a tree-lined street in the East Bay turns out to be a center used by federal officials to hold immigrant children who've been separated from their parents. 

KCBS Radio has confirmed there are two adolescent girls 12--17 years old in a large Pleasant Hill home adorned with an American flag and run by a nonprofit. There are no signs inidcating how the home is used. The girls were separated from their parents at the border earlier this month. 

At the time, President Trump's administration had adopted a hardline policy to deter illegal immigration and asylum seekers. Trump recently revoked the controversial element of that policy that had sent more than 2,000 children to detention centers while their parents faced criminal prosecution for allegedly illegally entering the country. 

The girls' presence in the Pleasant Hill shelter was first reported by the East Bay Times.  

The shelter, operated by Southwest Key, houses 23 other minors who allegedly entered the country without permission. These other young people, however, crossed the border without an adult accompanying them. 

"They are kind of in a state of limbo," said Martin Nelis, a spokesman for the city of Pleasant Hill. 

Southwest Key didn't respond to KCBS Radio's inquiries, though they are working to reunite the girls with family members. Nelis said the shelter recently passed a surprise inspection.

"They do their best to either find them a sponsor or transfer them to another appropriate facility," Nelis said. The group prefers to call the home a "shelter" rather than a "detention center," Nelis said. 

The adolescents and teens reside in the house for roughly six weeks on average.