Four of the thirty-five children currently detained in the United States at the Berks County Residential Centre have been detained for over 500 days. They are held as a result of immigration policies which use detention as a tool to deter refugees from entering the United States.
The families are seeking asylum in the United States after escaping horrific violence in their home countries. They come from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – countries which are widely recognized for extreme levels of violence and insecurity.
The children and their families have all made applications for permanent residency. These families must be granted parole and released from detention.
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