What’s Next for Immigrant Families in Detention?

Added on by Emily Carey Gogolak.

In late June, Maria, a twenty-five-year-old mother from Honduras, sat on a wooden bench inside a trailer at the South Texas Family Residential Center, in the small oil town of Dilley. She held a colorful paperback Bible, the same one that she had travelled with atop trains and in trucks through Guatemala and Mexico. It was the same one that she had brought with her to the trailer weeks earlier, when a judge at the Denver Immigration Court had told her via televideo that she and her eight-year-old daughter, Hilda, had lost their case; failing an appeal, they would be deported from the United States. (The family members’ names have been changed.) “My daughter is not doing well here,” Maria had told the judge, according to court transcripts. “She’s hardly eating, and she’s really desperate.” Now, in the empty room, she lifted Hilda’s shirt, revealing a thick scar—traces of a brutal beating from the girl’s father. Then she pointed to her own wrist, made a cutting gesture, and told me, “I can’t. My little daughter.”

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