At one point when I was at the detention center with a New York Times reporter, women surrounded us, asking for help getting out. “Tell our stories, show our faces,” they said. It was an unsettling experience.
In the six months since the photos were taken, the situation has changed. The women’s asylum requests are being processed more quickly and more people have been released to stay with relatives and friends.
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it is not obligated to report contractors’ employees who have tested positive. Meanwhile, the agency confirmed its first positive case in Texas detention centers and continued facility transfers.