U.S. family detention centers face renewed scrutiny following attempted suicide of 19-year-old immigrant mother.
- The young Honduran had been held with her four-year-old son in the Karnes detention camp in Texas for eight months.
- She was detained for attempting to enter the country for a second time without proper immigration papers, the result of a crackdown following last summer’s dramatic increase in border-crossings by families and unaccompanied minors.
- The policy has subjected families (including young children) to up to a year of detention, leading to extreme stress and suicide attempts.
“I don’t feel I can live going back to my country. But you have treated us like an animal, you look down on us.”
More on this story at The Guardian.