Report lists children and mothers swept up in immigration raids

A recent report identified 40 Central American children and mothers arrested and detained in immigration raids in Texas, with one immigrant rights activist calling the situation “simultaneously heartbreaking, challenging and stressful, because the stakes are so high.”

WASHINGTON – A recent report prepared by a coalition of immigrant rights groups has identified more than 40 children and mothers who have been arrested in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and detained in Dilley or Karnes City, Texas.
The report shares the cases of Central Americans who were arrested and taken to detention centers in the United States after fleeing their own countries to escape violence.

The report was issued by “CARA,” the collective name for volunteers working on these issues from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

“The report itself is produced by data we collected from the cases that were brought to the residential center of the people who were picked up in a raid that we worked with,” said Ian Philabaum, a staff member in Dilley who helped gather information for the report.

“All the data comes directly from the service that we were able to provide, making sure that these asylum seekers, these refugees, were safe. It is providing direct services to these refugees that are about to be deported by ICE.”

Those detained were “denied due process,” according to the report, and were treated with “aggressive and inappropriate conduct” during the ICE raids.

By Allana Haynes for CRUX
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