America's Controversial Immigrant Family Detention Camps

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 boy from Honduras watches a movie at a detention facility run by the U.S. Border Patrol on September 8, 2014 in McAllen, Texas.

Wil S. Hylton discusses the Obama administration’s policy toward female refugees and their children at the border, and why these family detention camps are pushing volunteer lawyers to the breaking point. According to recent statistics from the Department of Homeland Security, the number of refugees fleeing Central America has doubled in the past year alone — with more than 61,000 “family units” crossing the U.S. border, as well as 51,000 unaccompanied children. When the number of refugees from Central America spiked last summer, the Obama administration abruptly announced plans to resume family detention, which it had previously abolished in 2009. Hylton’s article, “The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps” appeared on the February 6th cover of The New York Times Magazine.

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