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What My 6-Year-Old Son and I Endured in Family Detention []


The author wrote on the condition of anonymity because of the gang-related threats she and her family face in the United States and in El Salvador.

I came to this country from El Salvador in 2014 seeking safety for myself and my son. Instead, I found myself locked in a family immigration detention center. It’s an experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

When I heard news stories of nearly 3,000 children separated from their parents at the border, my heart broke for them. Now President Trump claims to have ended the separation of families, instead placing parents and their children in family detention — jails like the one my son, who was 6 at the time, and I were in. This is not a solution. It just exchanges one form of trauma for another.

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For more stories on a similar topic, see Americans Love Families. American Policies Don’t., Trump will reunite separated families — but only if they agree to deportation, The Challenges for Doctors Treating Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents.

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