CEO of nonprofit housing separated migrant children stepping down

CEO of nonprofit housing separated migrant children stepping down
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The CEO of a nonprofit operating one of the largest networks of shelters for migrant children is stepping down.

CNN reports that Juan Sánchez, CEO of Southwest Key Programs, sent a letter to staff Monday announcing his decision to step down.

Southwest Key has provided shelter for thousands of migrant children who had been separated from their parents due to the enforcement of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.

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In his letter, Sánchez pointed to “recent events” as a factor in his decision to step down.

"Widespread misunderstanding of our business and unfair criticism of our people have become a distraction our employees do not deserve, and I can no longer bear. It's time for new beginnings," Sánchez wrote, according to CNN.

Sánchez founded the San Antonio based nonprofit in 1987 and has provided shelter and housing for migrant children being held in U.S. custody for more than 20 years.

Shelters run by Southwest Key Programs typically house migrants in dormitory-style sleeping arrangements, and Sánchez said the Trump administration’s policy put a strain on the shelters with an influx of people.

Migrant children then stay at the shelters until they can be placed in foster care or with a relative or adult sponsor.

CNN previously reported the lucrative nonprofit received roughly $1.5 billion over the past 10 years for its operation of 83 programs across the country.