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Mon Jun 3, 2019, 05:04 AM

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BY MONIQUE O. MADAN
JUNE 02, 2019 12:31 PM, UPDATED 9 HOURS 18 MINUTES AGO

A 705-page court document filed by lawyers who spent substantial time inside Homestead’s detention center for unaccompanied minors says the migrant children held there are subjected to “prison-like” regimens, potentially sustaining permanent psychological damage due to isolation from loved ones.

Based on interviews with detainees, the filing describes dumbfounded and despairing children, cut off from their relatives except for phone calls, enduring “military-camp” style conditions and stays that often stretch into months.

It is by far the most detailed description of life inside the secretive detention center, although the stories are relayed through the prism of adults advocates who want to see the children moved to smaller settings — the number of children in the facility is 2,350 and growing — or released to the care of family or other guardians ...

The lengthy document was filed in a California court as part of an effort to demonstrate that the federal government is violating the Flores Agreement ...

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article231075518.html

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