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>> Police chiefs from across the country and the political aisle calling on President Trump and congressional leaders to find an alternative to incarcerating families who cross the border illegally. In a joint letter, more than 45 police chiefs and sheriffs appeal to Trump to consider other options like GPS ankle bracelets or periodic telephone checks pointing to the huge costs and risks that detention centers pose to children.
Reuters correspondent, Andrew Hay.>> What they've seen is that it can cause delays in physical and emotional development. A Reuters study of a family detention center in Dilly, Texas, found that children, in just three weeks, could develop depression and anxiety and also developmental problems such as stopping eating and in very young children, stopping walking.
And there is also concern that for older children, teenagers, these children could be marginalized and even radicalized turning towards hate groups and street gangs.>> A lot of happy people.>> Last week Trump signed an executive order to end separating children from parents caught entering the US illegally which the police chiefs praised.
But under the order, likely to be challenged in court, families would instead be detained together for the duration of immigration proceedings, which can take months or years to complete.>> These law enforcement officials are concerned that if family detention centers are set up, many of these families have relatives in the United States already.
And they're concerned this will just damage relations between police and immigrant communities that are really part of the bread and butter of the ability of the police to solve crimes.>> The letter notes that past alternatives to immigrant detention were more than 99% successful in getting family members to immigration hearings.
And would save taxpayers millions of dollars each year, with the average cost of holding each detainee at more than $300 a day.