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2020 Immigration: Detention centers


  • Detention centers are federal facilities that hold individuals who have migrated to the United States illegally. 
  • The U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) handles all detention centers. [TIME
  • A large majority of detention centers exist near the U.S.-Mexico border. See locations made publically available by ICE here.


  • The Trump administration has been criticized for the conditions at the detention centers and for the family separation policy.
  • During the Trump administration, at least 24 immigrants, including 7 children, have died in detention centers. [TIME]
  • Read the history of U.S. detention policy here.  
  • Listen to "Life Inside U.S. Migrant Detention Centers" from WBUR.
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