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This article was originally published in New York Times on March 31, 2017. You can access the original article here: nyti.ms/2otPyWf.

Tahirih Justice Center CEO Layli Miller-Muro’s letter to the editor in the New York Times explains that detaining women and children fleeing violence will not stop survivors from seeking asylum.

“Imprisoning mothers and children is cruel, expensive, ineffective and in violation of the law,” said Miller-Muro.

“Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s effort to disguise the well-understood harm to children who are separated from their mothers as an act of compassion, believing that it will deter mothers fleeing violence from continuing to seek protection for their children in the United States, is misinformed.”

Read Miller-Muro’s full letter to the editor here.