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Undocumented women, freed from detention centers, being forced to wear ankle monitors

An ankle bracelet attached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). (John Moore/Getty Images)

In the wake of a federal court decision this past summer, demanding the release of immigrant families being illegally held in detention centers under the Obama administration, many of the women now find themselves being monitored by ankle bracelets. Called “grilletes” or shackles by many of the wearers, they are used by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to track the whereabouts of the undocumented women as they wait for immigration hearings, according to the New York Times. The story profiled one woman, identified as Grace, who was one of the more than 550 immigrants released from centers in the New York area in the wake of the decision. She now lives on Long Island with her 14-year-old daughter while she awaits her immigration hearing, and is forced to wear the bracelet everywhere she goes.

“It’s like they make us free, but not totally free. It’s the same psychological game as detention,” she said. “People don’t understand. They look at it and think, ‘What did you do?’”

The report on ankle monitors comes after a flurry of criticism aimed at immigrant detention centers in recent weeks, following a report by an advocacy group alleging widespread abuses and reports of hunger strikes at centers in California and Texas.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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