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Immigrant Groups Cite “Alarming Increase” in Babies Jailed by ICE

HeadlineMar 01, 2019

Back in the United States, immigrant rights groups are warning of a dramatic increase in the number of infants being held in a Texas immigrant detention facility, with at least nine babies currently in ICE custody. In a complaint filed with the Department of Homeland Security Thursday, advocates say babies less than a year old held in the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley have shown signs of illness, weight loss and emotional distress while they’ve been detained with their mothers. At least one of the infants has been held for more than 20 days—the legal limit for detaining children under the Flores agreement, a legal precedent the Trump administration is seeking to change.

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