Detention Of Asylum Seekers Contrary To Past DHS Policy

By Allissa Wickham (April 6, 2015, 6:49 PM EDT) -- Dozens of immigrant women reportedly took part in a hunger strike at the Karnes detention facility in Texas last week, a protest experts say highlights the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's practice of detaining asylum seekers with a credible fear of persecution, and flies in the face of long-standing agency policy.

Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in September 2014.  The letter, which was posted online last Tuesday, alleged that some mothers at the Karnes County Residential Center had been detained...

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