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Processed through immigration courts, some Central American children return home


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Many of the children processed through U.S. immigration courts will end up back in their country of origin in Central America. In fact, three flights of women and children coming from the United States have already landed in El Salvador.

That's where Jude Joffe Block has just been. She's a reporter with the Fronteras Desk at KJZZ in Phoenix and she's just returned from the Central American country.

Before heading back to the U.S., Block joined a crowd at the airport in El Salvador, where they awaited the arrival of family members returning home after being detained in the U.S. She spoke to one woman there returning with her four-year-old son from a facility in Artesia, New Mexico. The woman said there was a lot of sickness in the Artesia facility, and that her son had a fever for eight days before she volunteered their departure. 

Amid rumors of poor conditions at the Artesia facility, a coalition of advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit, claiming mothers and their children detained there are being denied due process, even though many "have valid asylum claims." Block says they call Artesia a "deportation mill."