Texas officials have granted a temporary child care license to an immigration detention center — apparently arguing that mothers benefit from the services there, despite evidence that the facility actually provides inadequate care to immigrant women and children.The Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS)’s decision to recognize the center as a child care provider has drawn the ire of immigration activists, who admonish family detention centers as “baby jails” that allow for-profit corporations to make more money.

“If ever there was lipstick on a pig, this is it,” Jonathan Ryan, the executive director of Raices, an immigrant legal services group, told the New York Times. “If you want a child care facility, you don’t contract with a for-profit prison company.”

Over the past two years, as a record number of Central Americans have crossed the U.S. border to seek asylum from violence and poverty, the 600-bed Karnes County Residential Center has increased its family detention capacity to hold thousands of immigrant mothers and children. Two other family detention centers located in Dilley, Texas and Leesport, Pennsylvania also serve this purpose.

On its face, Karnes may seem like as ideal of locked-down place as possible to detain mothers and children as they are being processed for deportation or resettlement inside the U.S. There are classrooms, playgrounds, non-institutional clothing, food, and shelter.

But in reality, these centers have been plagued by accusations of neglect and abuse.

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