6/10/15 International Business Times
The Obama administration is facing increasing pressure over the detention of migrant mothers and children awaiting deportation hearings – a practice condemned by immigrant rights’ groups, Catholic bishops and dozens of congressional Democrats alike. But across the border, Mexico is also feeling the heat as the United Nations urged it this week to end its growing detentions of child migrants.
Mexico dramatically stepped up its immigration enforcement last year under its “Southern Border Plan” as tens of thousands of migrants, mostly unaccompanied children and families, traveled north from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. As a result, the government sharply increased migrant detentions and deportations. According to national statistics, Mexico detained 23,096 children in 2014 for their immigration status, out of a total of 127,149 migrant detainees that year.