March 31, 2015
DILLEY, Texas (CNS) — Five Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran bishops traveled to the Dilley Detention Center in south Texas March 27 and visited with families — young mothers with children from Central America — who are being detained there.
Last year, more than 68,000 families from Central America fled violence in their home countries. Many are being detained rather than released into alternative programs that provide them with case management and community support.
The faith leaders called upon the federal government to halt the practice of detentions, citing the harmful effects on the mothers, children, and society.