Maura Ewing is a Brooklyn-based journalist. Her work seeks to uncover important but obfuscated stories about urban poverty and criminal justice. She also likes to write about people fighting the good fight. She is a Western Massachusetts native and a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has been published in The Nation, The Marshall Project, Al Jazeera America (RIP), Pacific Standard and The Atlantic, among other outlets.
The court ruling in question says if migrant children are detained, it should be short and in facilities that are more like childcare facilities than prisons.
ICE says their officers are law enforcement. But they follow a different set of rules than police when it comes to searches and arrests.
For immigrants with a criminal record, sanctuary cities don’t provide protection from deportation. They can, though, delay the process.
One reason why our government has detained so many people is because of a law that requires they do so. But they are not required to keep them in detention for as long as they do.
Most Central American migrants who cross with their children are not given asylum and the right to stay legally in the US. This mother says the consequence of the judge’s decision isn’t just documents, though. It’s life or death.