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Pressure builds to release mothers and children from immigrant detention centers

Pressure builds to release mothers and children from immigrant detention centers

Federal officials face increasing pressure to stop detaining immigrant families and release more than 1,300 mothers and children. At least 600 families — many of whom fled violence in Central America — were being held at three federal detention centers, officials said recently. As of April, half had stayed there less than a month and 70% for less than two months, according to a law enforcement official who asked not to be identified because the official was unauthorized to speak publicly. More than 4,500 individuals were in family detention centers from July through April, the official said, with 67% of them released and 664 removed from the country. The Unitarian...

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