Walmart blasts Trump administration's 'disturbing' detainment of migrant children in one of its former stores (WMT)

  • Walmart on Tuesday attacked the Trump administration's detainment of migrant children in one of its former stores. 
  • "We had no idea our former store would be used for such a disturbing purpose," Walmart tweeted. "We are just as shocked and disappointed as you are."
  • The supercenter in Brownsville, Texas, closed in 2016.
  • It's now housing nearly 1,500 migrant children who were were either separated from their parents at the border or arrived in the United States unaccompanied.
  • The separations are part of the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigration. 

Walmart on Tuesday attacked the Trump administration's detainment of migrant children in one of its former stores.

The company said on Twitter that it was "shocked and disappointed" that its former store in Brownsville, Texas, was being used to house children who had been separated from their parents at the Mexico border.

The separations are part of the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigration. 

"We had no idea our former store would be used for such a disturbing purpose, A.L.," Walmart tweeted Tuesday in response to a woman who called for a boycott against the company. "We are just as shocked and disappointed as you are."

The tweet that prompted Walmart's response said: "@walmart THESE CHILDREN ARE HOUSED IN @walmart !! #Boycott!!"

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Our statement on the situation in Brownsville, TX: https://t.co/AfyS7mg2Yg
@laidybug45 We had no idea our former store would be used for such a disturbing purpose, A.L. We are just as shocke… https://t.co/I4IKiksKCL
@GretchenInDE We sold that building in 2016 and had no idea then that it would go on to be used in such a disturbing way.
@organikbeaver We were actually surprised to find out that the store we sold in 2016 was being used in such a distu… https://t.co/7I1fJemduh
@HCCSees When we heard about the disturbing way our old store was being used, like many others, we were surprised.… https://t.co/BrWyKI99cy
@pastspirits We were so surprised to learn about the disturbing way our former store is being used. We sold the bui… https://t.co/FVoOmSp6Fp
@alvngonzalez That's just not true, Alvin. When we heard about the disturbing way our old store was being used, lik… https://t.co/DbY8HtAobS
@buffs_place We were also disturbed when we learned how the facility was being used, Lisa. We had no knowledge when… https://t.co/RSV9wHlfYY
@BMLewis2 We’re really disturbed by how our former store is being used. When we sold the building in 2016 we had no… https://t.co/5ii1miwCSv
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The Brownsville store, a former supercenter that Walmart closed in 2016, is now known as Casa Padre. 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. 

The facility is one of approximately 100 shelters the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is using to hold more than 11,000 refugee children in 17 states.

RELATED: Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart housing migrant children

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Occupants at Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., are seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Casa Padre, an unaccompanied minor shelter, is seen in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Casa Padre, an unaccompanied minor shelter, is seen in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Casa Padre, an unaccompanied minor shelter, is seen in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
Occupants at Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., are seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
An occupant at Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Occupants at Casa Padre, an immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors, in Brownsville, Texas, U.S., are seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Casa Padre, an unaccompanied minor shelter, is seen in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
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