Daniel Moattar

Daniel Moattar is a Chicago-based journalist whose reporting has also appeared in The Guardian, Salon, and The Nation. His Twitter handle is @danielmoattar.

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Texas Detention Players Ramp Up Trump’s For-Profit 'Baby Jails'

A Texas court ruling on child-care providers offers the Trump administration a way around protections for underage migrants.

Family detention centers run by the country’s two largest for-profit prison operators are set to become some of Texas’s biggest child-care providers, following a recent state appeals court decision. Under the ruling, the centers—which have been accused of enabling sexual abuse and allowing children to die in their care—will receive the same type of licenses granted to the state’s daycares, potentially enabling them to detain children indefinitely. It’s a decision that benefits both the Trump administration and the corporations that run the facilities, which hold almost all families detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Without further court action, the federal government will have succeeded in undermining a court settlement that for decades has limited its power to detain children and families en masse. For the federal government, the Texas court’s decision represents a possible workaround to the Flores agreement, a 1997...