Saturday, June 30, 2018
John Burnett on NPR reports on possible family detention. Now that President Trump can no longer separate migrant families apprehended at the border, his administration is preparing to lock them up as a unit. The Defense Department is under orders to confine up to 12,000 immigrant parents with their children on military bases, as a way to deter future illegal immigration. Two installations in Texas plan to start putting up temporary housing after July Fourth.
Family confinement has a troubled, litigious history in the United States, and legal advocates for immigrants are preparing for a major battle ahead. Listen to the NPR report for details.