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.
Kids on the Line
An ongoing investigation into family separation and the treatment of migrant children
Detained and exposed
Social distancing and hand-washing are meant to keep us safe from the coronavirus. But in immigrant detention centers, those measures are impossible.
For six years, a North Carolina family has tried to find out what the U.S. government did with its children after they were separated at the border.
Six years separated
A 10-year-old girl is separated from her family at the border and enters U.S. custody. Now she’s 17 and still in a shelter. Her family can’t find her.
How law enforcement agencies undermine the U visa
How U visa certification requests were handled in the 10 states with the largest immigrant populations.
The U visa is supposed to help solve crimes and protect immigrants. But police are undermining it
Among more than 100 law enforcement agencies serving large immigrant communities, nearly 1 in 4 create barriers never envisioned under the program.
Leaked immigration court official’s directive could violate rules that protect families from deportation
Legal experts say placing hard limits on family immigration cases could be illegal.
N.C. shut down a group home last year. The US just gave it a contract to house migrant children
As the Office of Refugee Resettlement rapidly expands its shelter network, it’s adding providers with little experience and troubling track records.
In harm’s way
The federal government is quietly expanding its use of “tender age” shelters for migrant kids. We’ll tell you what we know.
The US is quietly opening shelters for babies and young kids. One has 12 children and no mothers
The government is expanding its use of shelters to house migrant children, even as it faces scrutiny for inhumane conditions at existing facilities.