Migrant Youth Go from a Children’s Shelter to Adult Detention on Their 18th Birthday

Migrant Youth Go from a Children’s Shelter to Adult Detention on Their 18th Birthday

John Burnett, NPR (February 22, 2019)

When migrant children cross the border without their parents, they’re sent to federal shelters until caseworkers can find them a good home. But everything changes when they turn 18. That’s when, in many cases, they’re handcuffed and locked up in an adult detention facility. The practice is sparking lawsuits and outrage from immigrant advocates.

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