AOC Sounded Off About the Newly Reopened Private Detention Centers for Children

By Rainesford Stauffer


Research shows that holding children and youth in congregate settings causes immediate and long-term harm to mental, emotional, and physical health, Wendy Cervantes, director of immigration and immigrant families at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) tells InStyle. “The danger is even greater in larger facilities like those being reopened by the Biden Administration to temporarily house migrant children,” Cervantes adds. “It may take time for our country to implement a new system that truly upholds the safety, health, and well-being of children and youth who migrate here alone — one that treats them with the dignity and compassion they deserve from the moment they arrive, and throughout the long process of navigating our complicated immigration laws and adapting to their new home.” 


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