Friday, June 7, 2013

Four Years, More Than 1,300 Children Detained in Adult Facilities

Posted By on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Mother Jones/Bill Gentile/Zuma
  • A young child and his mother wait in a US border detention center before being returned to their home country.
  • Mother Jones/Bill Gentile/Zuma

Yesterday's article in Mother Jones on the numbers of children detained with adults apprehended by Border Patrol has made its way through the internets, really only justifying border activists' concerns over the years about juveniles caught in the detention and continuing U.S. immigration morass.

Here's the PDF that shows the numbers on juvenile apprehensions:

Apprehensions.pdf

Over the past few years, record numbers of children, usually from Mexico or Central America and often traveling alone, have crossed illegally into the United States. From October 2011 to October 2012, some 31,000 juveniles (PDF) were apprehended by the Border Patrol. And according to a new report, more and more of them have landed in immigration detention centers—alongside adults.

Data obtained by the nonprofit National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) shows that the federal government detained at least 1,366 immigrant children for three or more days in 30 adult facilities between 2008 and 2012. The data, secured in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and released Tuesday, also shows that nearly 1,000 were held longer than a week. Five children were detained more than a year, and one was held more than a decade, starting at around age 15.

[Mother Jones]

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