As U.S. Speeds Deportation of Central American Refugees, Distress Fills New Family Detention Centers

As U.S. Speeds Deportation of Central American Refugees, Distress Fills New Family Detention Centers

"After declaring the surge of Central American migrants crossing the border a humanitarian crisis, the Obama administration has shifted sharply to a strategy of deterrence, moving families to isolated facilities and placing them on a fast track for deportation to send a blunt message back home that those caught entering illegally will not be permitted to stay.

In a far corner of the New Mexico desert, in the town of Artesia, more than 600 women and children are being held in an emergency detention center that opened in late June. On Friday, officials began filling up a new center in Karnes City, Tex., for up to 532 adults and children, and they are adding beds to a center for families in Pennsylvania that now holds about 95 people." - Julia Preston, New York Times, Aug. 6, 2014.