Berks Co. detention center makes headlines after Trump's latest executive order

"We have seen what indefinite family detention looks like first hand."

Kim Glovas
June 23, 2018 - 10:03 pm
President Donald Trump gives remarks on immigration during an event in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex on Jun 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The forced separation of families along the southern border is drawing parallels to a detention center in Pennsylvania.

In a teleconference this past week,  Sundrop Carter, executive director of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, said the president's executive order replaces one cruel policy with another, namely family detention.

"Here in Pennsylvania, we do not need to imagine the impact that this executive order will have, because we have seen what indefinite family detention looks like first hand," she said.

Carter pointed to the Berks Family Detention Center near Reading, which has been housing immigrant families fleeing violence in Central America since 2014.

The center has been cited numerous times for violations, but remains open under the US Health and Human Services department and Homeland Security.

"We need to shut down this detention center here in Berks, and then end family detention overall across the country," she added.