18 babies under the age of 1 are currently in ICE detention centers

Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Charles Reed via Associated Press

  • The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told INSIDER that 18 infants under the age of 1 are currently being held in two family detention centers in Texas.
  • The news comes shortly after immigration groups released a letter expressing “grave concerns” about the infants held in the Dilley facility, one of whom was just five months old.
  • The letter also said some of the babies were sick or had lost weight while in custody.
  • ICE said in a statement that the detention centers are all “open environment” facilities, and include “medical care, play rooms, social workers, educational services, and access to legal counsel.”

Detention facilities for immigrant families are currently holding 18 infants under the age of one, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency told INSIDER in a statement on Friday.

Seventeen of the babies are being held in the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and one is in the Karnes County Residential Center, the agency said.

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