Detention facility for unaccompanied minors spotlighted

The New York Times highlights the detention of immigrant children and profiles a detention facility in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., that may serve as a model for other detention centers for unaccompanied minors.

Jose, whose last name was withheld because of his age, was detained at the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, one of 41 facilities across the country contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services to hold unaccompanied minors until they are either allowed to remain in the United States or are deported. (Jose ultimately returned to Mexico voluntarily.)

Despite an alarm system and locks, conditions in the Tudor-style bungalow at the Children’s Village where young detainees live are a vast improvement, immigrants’ advocates say, over the federal detention centers where such unaccompanied minors used to be held.

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