Critics Say Amenities Don’t Make Up For Psychological Damage Done At Family Immigrant Detention Centers
Child Rights Children of Immigrants
By Elise Foley
WASHINGTON — Sister Kathleen Erickson remembers watching a soccer game at a family immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas, while a detainee recounted watching the dead bodies of her mother and brother being taken out of a house after they were killed by gang members in Honduras.
At the same soccer field on another day, a woman told Erickson about being held by a gang in Mexico for three weeks while she and her daughter attempted to make their way to the U.S. The gang members did “terrible things” to her, the woman said, but she was glad they left her daughter alone…