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San Benito Police help detain boy at immigration shelter

September 22, 2018

SAN BENITO — Police were trying to restrain a boy at a federally-funded shelter holding undocumented immigrant children.

About five police cars arrived at Southwest Key at the former site of the Dolly Vinsant Memorial Hospital at about 5 p.m. Friday, Police Chief Michael Galvan said.

“There has been a juvenile being unruly and they’re trying to secure him,” Galvan said. “He was getting out of hand and they needed assistance.”

Galvan said four or five police cars arrived to allow officers to offer any additional assistance in restraining the boy.

“We’re not allowed to go in with weapons so it’s better to have more manpower if it’s needed,” he said.

Galvan said he did not have the boy’s age readily available.

Southwest Key, an Austin-based nonprofit, holds undocumented immigrant children as old as 17 whom authorities detain after they cross the U.S. border without parents or guardians.

fdelvalle@valleystar.com

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