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Eye on Texas: Family Detention

Eye on Texas: Family Detention

Residents line up for a meal at Dilley’s South Texas Family Residential Center, the largest immigrant detention center in the United States.  Ilana Panich-Linsman

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.

Toys in a school classroom at the center in Dilley.  Ilana Panich-Linsman

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.

An empty intake waiting room at the Karnes County Residential Center, which houses mothers and children primarily from Central America.  Ilana Panich-Linsman

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