Immigrant Family Releases Continue In Arizona

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 9:34pm
Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 8:11am
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Rev. Magdalena Schwartz (center with blue jacket) briefs volunteers on Oct. 17 at Central Christian Church in Mesa before a large group of undocumented immigrant families and asylum seekers are dropped by federal authorities.

Citing volume and a decades-old court settlement, federal authorities have been releasing large groups of undocumented immigrant families in Arizona. About 100 people were dropped off at an East Valley church Wednesday night.

When the families got off U.S. Department of Homeland Security buses, volunteers welcomed them to Central Christian Church in Mesa. There was a hot meal of soup, beans, rice and tortillas waiting for the families.

Rev. Magdalena Schwartz has been coordinating with a handful Valley churches to help people released from detention — more than 200 in recent days. She’s not sure how long the releases will continue.

“It will be for [a] while,” Schwartz said.

A court settlement forbids federal authorities from detaining migrant children for longer than 20 days.

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