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Dickerson writes: "Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded."

Migrant youth walk in a line. (photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)
Migrant youth walk in a line. (photo: Mike Blake/Reuters)


Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever

By Caitlin Dickerson, The New York Times

13 September 18

 

ven though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States.

Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.

The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests. Some of those who work in the migrant shelter network say the bottleneck is straining both the children and the system that cares for them.

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+3 # chrisconno 2018-09-13 11:28
Yep, Trump wants to fulfill his prophecy that all brown people are murders and rapists. Institutionally starving and abusing children in detention will certainly achieve that. Where are all the so called good christians who profess to speak for god?
 
 
+2 # MikeAF48 2018-09-13 14:07
They are on vacation, the kids are in private schools paid for by our Government. And ICE just got a big raise.
 

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