Undocumented immigrant children are being taken from their parents at the border at an unprecedented rate, thanks to the recent launch of the zero-tolerance immigration policy. Currently, these children are being housed in makeshift detention centers. However, one Dallas judge has proposed an alternate option.
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According to an article from CBS DFW, Dallas County judge Clay Jenkins has offered to house the immigrant children who have been taken from their parents. He has stated that facilities could be ready in the Dallas area in two weeks. He has gone so far as to say that the facilities would offer a higher standard of care for the children than the old Wal-Marts and hospitals they are currently being sent to.
According to the judge, this is not to be seen as condoning the separation of families at the border. The goal is simply to provide a more loving and compassionate housing option while the family separations are going on.
Still, this is by no means an outcome that is acceptable to a parent. Ultimately, parents who have come to this country seeking asylum or to find a better life for themselves and their children should be aware that there are those who are ready and willing to help reunite families. An experienced immigration attorney may be able to review the situation to determine what opportunities are available.