It is claimed that a large number of children are being held in adult detention immigration facilities without parents or older siblings to look after them. This information apparently has been revealed in released Department of Homeland Security information. Such a practice is prohibited by federal regulations.
The data states that 1,366 children had been held in adult detention facilities between 2008 and 2012. A spokesperson for the National Immigrant Justice Center stated: "These children were isolated from access to legal counsel and may have been denied protections under U.S. Law."