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One Year Later: Where are the Refugee Mothers and Children?


In June 2014, US President Barack Obama referred to the unprecedented numbers of children and
families fleeing violence in Central America and arriving at the southern border as an “urgent
humanitarian situation.” However, the administration’s response has been anything but humanitarian.
Instead, over the previous year, the US government has detained those who arrive, and forced them to
have their claims for asylum heard in prison-like detention facilities. This memo reviews the administration’s response to children and families over the past year and
suggests a better path forward.

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