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Attorneys see longer detention times for migrant children in Maryland as ICE detains potential sponsors

Attorneys see longer detention times for migrant children in Maryland as ICE detains potential sponsors

When Flor was 7 years old, she watched her father get brutally murdered and her mother raped during what a Guatemalan judge recently ruled was a genocide of indigenous Mayans by that country’s military.

“That image stayed with me. And every time I think of it I feel a great pain here,” said the 45-year-old K’iche Maya woman, pointing to her chest. “I’m scared to go back.”

The horrors she saw as a child and the lack of opportunity she found as an adult led Flor to flee to the United States in 2004.

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