Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

June 23, 2018 - 12:05 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Immigration authorities on Friday issued a notice that they may seek up to 15,000 beds to detain families. The Justice Department has asked a federal court in California to allow children to be detained longer and in facilities that don't require state licensing while they await immigration court proceedings.

Immigrant advocates say the proposed expansion is a cruel, ineffective attempt to deter families from coming to the United States.

The proposal comes days after a public outcry moved the administration to cease the practice of separating children from their migrant parents on the border. More than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents since April.

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