Human rights groups decry family detention centers

September 20, 2014
Austin American-Statesman

Human rights groups last week denounced the detention of immigrant families at two recently opened facilities in Texas and New Mexico, saying incarceration exacerbates the trauma of mothers and children seeking asylum and blocks refugees from access to lawyers.  ...

Bob Libel, executive director of Grassroots Leadership in Austin, said the facilities as they stand now seem to be operating like “deportation mills.”

“Family detention is back and at a scale that we could not have even imagined during the Bush administration,” he told the Statesman. “It is a giant step backward.”