Many families are shipped off to one of three family detention centers and locked up for a month or more until their case is heard by a judge. Because there was no more space at the detention centers, these families were released to their family sponsors in the U.S. pending a court appearance. Except for pregnant women, they all were wearing ankle monitors, a condition of release.
All parents were extremely loving and attentive to their children — kissing them, holding them and making sure they ate first. Ten-year-old Edgar started playing a game with me — hiding in his newly acquired shirt and responding with a beautiful smile each time I “discovered” him. His mother told me that back home Edgar was very smart in school. I’m sure Edgar will succeed here and contribute to the richness of our country.