Click here to see how our firm is preparing for COVID-19

Infants Being Detained in Texas Detention Center

Spread the love

A letter was sent to the Department of Homeland security's Inspector General and Officer for Civil Rights and Liberties by three immigration advocacy groups.

According to the letter, nine infants below a year old, one of whom was only five months old, are being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The letter says that the infants are being detained at a detention center in Texas, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

The American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network came together for the letter, calling on immigration officials to "intervene immediately on behalf of this uniquely vulnerable population."

According to the letter, one of the nine infants has allegedly been detained for almost a month (twenty days).

The immigration advocates compiling the letter claim there has been an "alarming increase" in the amount of infants held in ICE custody. The advocates also have "grave concerns" regarding the level of medical care available at the Texas detention center, calling for the families of these infants to be released on bond during the litigation of their immigration cases.

The letter states, "ICE is required to meet basic standards of care for minor noncitizens in its custody...It [ICE] repeatedly has demonstrated an inability to do so."

Detailing the advocates concerns, the letter furthers, "Advocacy groups have long documented the limited access to adequate medical care in family detention centers...concerns include lengthy delays in receiving medical attention and lack of appropriate follow-up treatment." The advocates are especially concerned that Dilley is an hour out from san Antonio, "the nearest major metropolitan center with facilities equipped to provide specialized medical services."

As the letter reminded, the Department of Homeland Security-ICE's Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers has long "admonished the detention of young children, even for brief periods of time."

For more information, click here.

You May Also Like

How To Do a DS-260 Application Spread the love Individuals and family members seeking a Diversity Visa, or anyone living outside the United States who plans to obtain a marriage-based green card, must complete Form... VIEW POST
Everything You Need to Know About I-129F Processing Time Spread the love When embarking on the journey to get married to a foreign citizen, one of the important paperwork steps is applying for I-129F. Immigrants and citizens alike... VIEW POST
I-130 Processing Time: What to Expect for Family-Based Visas Spread the love If you’re helping a loved one immigrate to the United States, you may be asked to complete and submit an I-130 petition. An I-130 petition is... VIEW POST

Download Free Guide 
2023 Immigrant’s Guide to 
Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know to become  
a U.S. citizen.

Download Free Guide 2022 Immigrant’s Guide to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know
to become a U.S. citizen.
DOWNLOAD FREE PDF

Immigration 
Answers Show
Live every week.

JOIN US