Thousands Of Immigrant Children Held In Texas Tent Cities, Detention Centers
What's next for minors who cross the US-Mexico border? How does the immigration crisis impact San Antonio? We hear from Reveal's Laura Morel, immigration attorney Hope Frye and Pastor John Garland.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports about 1,500 unaccompanied minors between the ages of 13 and 17 are being held in temporary shelters in Tornillo, Texas. There are more children in detention centers across the country.
As youth wait in limbo, how is the federal goverment handling their legal cases and what are the conditions like in the detention facilities where they're living?
What is the Flores settlement and why is it the standard for immigration policy? How does an unaccompanied minor navigate the legal process while in detention? When can they reunite with family members?
In what ways are local faith communities and nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of detained and released immigrant children and families?
- Laura C. Morel, immigration reporting fellow for Reveal
- Hope Frye, immigration attorney and founder of Project Lifeline
- Pastor John Garland, San Antonio Mennonite Church and member of the leadership board for the Interfaith Welcome Coalition
The interview aired on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.