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(37,648 posts)
Tue Jun 19, 2018, 10:32 PM Jun 2018

How did the country handle the illegal immigrants up to now?

What did the U S do with the children of illegal immigrants picked up at the border? The adults were taken to court, I guess? Or an ICE processing center? Then what?

I heard that the U S DID pick up children and put them in holding areas, if they were unaccompanied by parents. For their own safety. Beyond that, I don't know. Anyone know?

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How did the country handle the illegal immigrants up to now? (Original Post) Honeycombe8 Jun 2018 OP
Kept in family friendly facilities with their family drray23 Jun 2018 #1
Thanks. I assumed there was some place for families, but didn't really know. Honeycombe8 Jun 2018 #4
Grant them asylum? dchill Jun 2018 #2
Not asylum seekers. Illegal immigrants. Honeycombe8 Jun 2018 #3
They used family shelters underthematrix Jun 2018 #5
They were detained together tulipsandroses Jun 2018 #6


(7,627 posts)
1. Kept in family friendly facilities with their family
Tue Jun 19, 2018, 10:34 PM
Jun 2018

While waiting for adjudication. Often, the family would be given a notice to appear later in court for asylum hearings and released.


(37,648 posts)
4. Thanks. I assumed there was some place for families, but didn't really know.
Tue Jun 19, 2018, 10:41 PM
Jun 2018

I assumed they were kept together somewhere for a short period, because I know we didn't send children to internment camps.


(37,648 posts)
3. Not asylum seekers. Illegal immigrants.
Tue Jun 19, 2018, 10:36 PM
Jun 2018

The U S has been arresting illegal immigrants on the border for many years. I'm sure there's an established practice.


(5,811 posts)
5. They used family shelters
Tue Jun 19, 2018, 10:44 PM
Jun 2018

Unaccompanied minors were also sheltered. President Obama had to search for their families in their home country and would return them if they could do so safely. think someone posted a newsweek article about the abuse unaccompanied minors suffered. This was reported at the time and changes were made to get those children out of the ICE detention centers


(5,122 posts)
6. They were detained together
Tue Jun 19, 2018, 10:55 PM
Jun 2018

Here's an article

Before the Trump administration started separating parents and children caught illegally crossing the border, immigrant families were held together in two facilities in South Texas.

Human rights activists were outraged by the Obama administration’s decision to lock up the families, calling the practice inhumane and psychologically harmful. Immigrant watchdogs, meanwhile, argued the family detention centers helped deter illegal immigration and protect national security.

» From 2015: Photos from inside a family detention center

At the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, women and children lived 12 to a building, complete with bunk beds. From their barracks, they could walk a short distance to a library, chapel, and medical and dental clinics. There was also a “city park” with a soccer field, volleyball court and playground. Children attended school there four hours a day.

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