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John Kelly, Trump’s ex-chief of staff, joins board of firm running America’s biggest child migrant facility

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting between US President Donald J. Trump and US House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 11 December 2018. .
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting between US President Donald J. Trump and US House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 11 December 2018. . EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS via AP

John Kelly, former White House chief of staff, has joined the board of Caliburn International Corp, the parent of an operator of a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.

Kelly left U.S. President Donald Trump‘s White House at the end of last year against the backdrop of changes to immigration policy.

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Caliburn owns Comprehensive Health Services Inc, a private, for-profit company that runs a facility for unaccompanied migrant children in Homestead, Florida, some 35 miles south of Miami.

The site became a heated topic of debate, as immigration advocates and Democratic legislators complained many traumatized children who fled violence and poverty in their home countries were held in the institutionalized setting for too long before being released to sponsoring families who could better care for them.

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Earlier in the day, CBS News reported Kelly‘s appointment.

The biggest shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in the U.S., Homestead doesn’t have to undergo routine inspections by child welfare experts, the network noted.

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While many child welfare facilities see numerous inspections each year, Homestead only has to have one every two years.