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From Texas Standard:

While Texas lawmakers have left the state Capitol for now, plenty of their bills did not go anywhere. One piece of legislation that didn’t make it to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk was a measure that would have licensed immigrant detention facilities in Texas as childcare providers.

From Texas Standard:

Judges are no longer hearing cases at the family immigration detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas. That's because, according to officials, the judges didn't have much to do.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Almost 500 women and children asylum seekers from Central America are being bused into San Antonio on Monday.  They’ve been abruptly released from nearby immigration detention centers.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

It was two summers ago that we saw the tremendous surge of unaccompanied minors and young mothers with children crossing the Rio Grande. They were fleeing out of control gang violence in Central America and surrendering to the first border agent they could find. The numbers of the children and women overwhelmed the immigration system.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

A temporary restraining order is all that prevents the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from issuing a child care license to the South Texas Family Residential Care Center in Dilley Texas - just south of San Antonio.

The federal government's controversial immigrant family detention camps in south Texas are back in court.

A Texas state judge has blocked a state agency from licensing the childcare facility inside a mammoth, 2,400-bed private lock-up. The detention facility was opened to temporarily confine undocumented mothers and children who have been surging across the Texas-Mexico border fleeing dangerous conditions in Central America.

Ryan McCrimmon / The Texas Tribune



Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are close to a decision on whether to allow two private prison companies to register their immigration detention facilities as licensed daycares.   


In an effort to address the influx of children at immigration detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley and bring them up to state standards, the Geo Group and Corrections Corporation of America requested a special license from the state that would certify the facilities as childcare centers.


From Texas Standard:

Satsuki Ina is furious that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services would even consider the possibility of licensing immigrant family detention facilities as childcare centers.

"It's like putting lipstick on a pig," she says.



From Texas Standard:

Undocumented immigrant women detained in the privately run T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Facility went on a hunger strike in October.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees the operation, has denied there ever was a hunger strike, saying that an individual has to miss nine consecutive meals for such a protest to be called a true hunger strike.


Peter O'Dowd / Fronteras

A State Judge in Austin has ruled against the State of Texas’ efforts to house children for longer periods of time at the immigration detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley.