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    Inhumane Proposal to Separate Women and Children Fleeing Violence Will Cost U.S.

    Inhumane Proposal to Separate Women and Children Fleeing Violence Will Cost U.S. Taxpayers

    by Catherine Powell
    March 10, 2017

     

     

     

     

     

    Earlier this week, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed reports that he was considering a policy that would separate women and children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. If enacted, the policy would be both devastating for women and their children—many fleeing violence in Central America— and costly for the American taxpayer.  Under the proposal women would be kept in detention while applying for asylum and children would be put in protective custody. Currently, women and children are released from detention quickly as they wait for a decision on their case, in part, because of a federal appeals court ruling that prohibits keeping children in prolonged detention.

     

     

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