The small town of Eloy employed the private prison company CoreCivic to oversee the Dilley facility, even though the U.S. government was paying Eloy to run the operation.
The South Texas facility holding babies under 1 is about an hour’s drive from a center that’s equipped to provide specialized medical services
After a week in ICE detention, 1-year-old Mariee developed a respiratory infection that ultimately killed her.
Another official said he warned the Trump administration they would traumatize the children by separating them from their families.
Last week, a federal appeals court ordered the release of children from immigration detention centers, but that mandate does not apply to their parents.
Two private prisons are becoming licensed childcare facilities so that the US can continue to keep thousands of Central American women and children behind bars.
Private prison companies are reaping in government cash to run detention centers for immigrant families, despite a court ruling ordering the Obama administration to close the controversial facilities.