Sergio Fernández would rather not sound conspiratorial, but he has a hard time explaining why, despite an existing agreement, the federal government no longer sends detained immigrants to his San Antonio youth center.
Though it’s open for business, the four-story, 12-acre Hector Garza Residential Treatment Center near U.S. 281 and Loop 1604 on the North Side sits empty. Its last two residents left nearly two weeks ago.
He hasn’t been given an official explanation, but Fernández, the center’s director, surmised it may have something to do with a lawsuit filed against him, his staff and his corporate parent by eight minors formerly housed at the center who claimed they suffered physical abuse and neglect.
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