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Monday, April 24, 2017
People's World: Refugee babies kept behind bars in Texas
Women display the electronic surveillance "ankle bracelets" they are made to wear by ICE. |
Roberta Wood / PW
DILLEY, Texas, March 12 — “Baby jails!” That’s what Felipe Vargas calls the massive new family detention centers at this remote outpost 70 miles southwest of San Antonio. Vargas, 40, is an educator and community organizer.
Contrary to popular perception, as asylum seekers, the women and babies held here have legal status in the U.S. This country’s laws and international treaty obligations guarantee protection of “asylum seekers,” says Manoj Govindaiah, managing attorney at the advocacy group RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) in San Antonio.