AUSTIN, Texas – A judge has extended her order that at least temporarily blocks a residential child-care license for one of the nation’s largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border illegally.
State District Judge Karin Crump issued a temporary injunction Wednesday in Austin, blocking the state from licensing the privately owned and managed, 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley until a full hearing scheduled for September. An activist group contends the center is a prison inappropriate for family detention.
The licenses are needed because a federal judge ruled last year the center would have to eventually release the immigrant children without them. Crump had issued a restraining order in May.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which issues the licenses, declined to comment.