Although an executive order Wednesday ends the practice, the federal government has already separated thousands of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Some of those children were transferred to detention facilities in Maryland and Virginia. Without their parents, it is challenging for these children to navigate local immigration courts. In addition, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to exclude gang-related violence and domestic abuse from asylum claims could further complicate the fate of children migrant survivors in this region. Kojo explores the local impact of the recent changes to border policy.

Guests

  • Don Beyer Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-VA, 8th District); @RepDonBeyer
  • Nithya Nathan-Pineau Senior Program Director, Detained Children's Program, Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition; @CAIRCoalition

AP: Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

WAMU: Despite Outrage, D.C. Region Plays Key Role In Carrying Out Trump’s Immigration Policies

Despite Outrage, D.C. Region Plays Key Role In Carrying Out Trump’s Immigration Policies

While Washington D.C. is thousands of miles away from the border, the region is playing a key role in carrying out President Trump’s controversial immigration plans.

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