Changes to the detention of non-citizen minors and families entered the Federal Register today, despite tens of thousands of public comments in opposition to the changes and serious concerns about its effects on migrant families and children.
For this week’s Requester’s Voice, MuckRock spoke with Open the Government policy analyst Jesse Franzblau about investigating immigration policy and the doing FOIA work under the Trump administration.
The federal government is currently looking to house thousands of migrant children and families in new locations, including military bases and, potentially, new facilities to be managed by private corporations already heavily-involved in the American detention system.
The task of enforcing our country’s immigration laws has become a sprawling responsibility in the United States, and the mechanisms by which non-citizens are detained and removed are facing a lot of strain: practically, financially, and socially.
The houses of the Texas State Congress effectively split on whether to consider immigrant detention centers as “child care”-like facilities, keeping a federal judgement on acceptable standards for family detention in place for now.