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White House To Announce New Plan For Detention Of Families With Children At Border

The administration will be sending a significant number of immigration judges and staff to help speed up the processing of children for asylum and deportation cases.

Hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. Ross D. Franklin/Pool via Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is setting up new family-detention centers for undocumented immigrants that are coming over the border, Vice President Joe Biden is expected announce during his trip in Guatemala.

The administration will be sending a significant number of immigration judges and staff to help speed up the processing the children for asylum and deportation cases.

The detention centers are sure to spark anger from immigration activists who have argued that the administration should use ankle-monitors and other means for keeping track of detainees while they await their hearings.

Children sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Eric Gay/ Pool via Associated Press

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John Stanton is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
Contact John Stanton at john.stanton@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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