Renée Feltz is an award-winning investigative journalist who has covered immigration and criminal justice for 15 years. She also writes for The Guardian and is a correspondent for the daily TV-radio newshour Democracy Now!, where she was a senior producer.
The judges who released Antonio and three other boys with their mothers on their own recognizance chastised Immigration and Customs Enforcement for flouting an established federal order that limits the time it can hold children to 20 days.
"Expecting local law enforcement to prioritize immigration efforts, without adequate funding or increased support from involved governmental agencies, will hinder an agency’s ability to focus its limited resources on the unique needs of the community it serves."
Stakeholder tours, coupled with visitation programs and calls to the Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement hotline for detainees, often help volunteers decide which facilities most need independent oversight.
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