ICE detention centers

President Donald Trump just signed an executive order shifting border policy to detain families as a unit until their court cases are resolved. This comes after more than 2,000 children were separated from their parents with no clear plan to reunite them, a fallout of the administration's decision to prosecute all adults who unlawfully cross the US-Mexico border.

According to Vox's Dara Lind, "the immediate upshot of Trump's executive order is that the infrastructure that’s been slapped together in the past several weeks to facilitate family separation will be succeeded by a slapped-together infrastructure to facilitate family detention — and deportation."


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This is the Tornillo Port of Entry on the US-Mexico border. 16- and 17-year-old boys, separated from their parents, are housed on site. These minors are held in twenty-person tents (lined up in rows, above, right) despite consistent highs above 100° this week. It is unclear what impact President Trump's executive order has on who will stay in these tents and how long they will stay for.

Close-ups of the Tornillo Port of Entry are courtesy of Deimos Imaging, an Urthecast company.



This is the Raymondville detention facility, one of at least three “tender age shelters” for babies and young children forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Doctors and lawyers who have visited the South Texas shelters report they are clean and safe, but separating children from their parents in traumatic circumstances has adverse, long-term health impacts.

This post has been edited to include additional imagery of the Tornillo Point of Entry.

Caroline Binley