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Luz Lopez ’95 authors op-ed in The New York Times discussing mistreatment of migrant children

March 22, 2021 | Alumni

A senior supervising attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, Luz Lopez (’95) recently penned an op-ed in The New York Times titled, “Migrant Children Deserve Better.”

“Scarred by the sights and sounds of separated, frightened children crying for their parents from the cold, concrete floors of the frigid, cramped holding cells known as the hieleras of U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities at the border, America is eager to leave this shameful chapter in the past.

Yet a sharp increase in the number of minors arriving at the border in recent weeks has left more than 4,000 children in Border Patrol holding cells again, many for longer than legally allowed. Roughly 8,500 more children are being housed in shelters as they wait to be placed with relatives or vetted sponsors.”