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The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps

February 04, 2015 (1 min read)

"Over the next year, most of the families who are currently in detention will wend their way through the refugee system.  Some will be released on bond to await their asylum hearing; others will remain in custody until their hearings are complete.  Those without an attorney will most likely fail to articulate a reason for their claim in the appropriate jargon of the immigration courts and will be deported to face whatever horror they hoped to flee.  Of the 15 families who have been shepherded through the process by the volunteer lawyers so far, 14 have received asylum — “Which should be all you need to know about the validity of their claims,” Brown said." - New York Times Magazine, Feb. 8, 2015.

From left, Vanessa Sischo, Christina Brown and Barbara Hines in Karnes, Tex., where they have been advocating for detained immigrants. Credit Dan Winters for The New York Times.