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.
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.
As American life grinds to a halt, the immigration system – with agencies across two federal departments – has often continued with business as usual.
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Legal experts say placing hard limits on family immigration cases could be illegal.