Days after a Texas judge ruled that a state agency cannot issue day-care licenses to two immigration detention centers, attorneys and advocates for asylum seekers acted to ensure the decision withstands challenges. Activists and volunteers are hopeful it signals a change in U.S. immigration policy and practice.
"It's detention and it's not child care, so it would be mislabeling what the facility really is," said Daughter of Charity Sr. Denise LaRock, who volunteers at Casa de Raices, a temporary shelter for newly released immigrant women and children in San Antonio. She and other advocates applauded the December 2 decision that prevents the issuing of day-care licenses to the facilities at Karnes City and Dilley, Texas. "It's my hope that the rights and needs of the mothers and children will be better respected by Homeland Security."