Kids who cross the border alone are held in government-funded shelters. When they misbehave, staff sometimes call police. And kids are getting arrested, jailed – sometimes even tased.
The federal refugee agency is supposed to care for migrant children. But some shelters have turned to police after children allegedly fought, damaged property or had mental health needs.
Newly obtained data show that the U.S. government has detained more than 25,000 migrant children for longer than 100 days over the past six years.
A 10-year-old Honduran girl came to the United States seeking asylum. Instead, she was detained – away from her family – for nearly seven years.
An urgent battle is playing out between the U.S. government and immigration lawyers over detained children as COVID-19 sweeps across the country.
As American life grinds to a halt, the immigration system – with agencies across two federal departments – has often continued with business as usual.
VisionQuest has faced decades of citations for violence against youth in its custody.
For most migrant children detained alone, the only lawyers they’ll see are being paid by the same agency that’s holding them.
The new lawsuit builds on last week’s Reveal investigation, adding new cases of alleged abuse.
Many of the changes happened over the last 18 months, short-circuiting opportunities for children to get help.