Co-host of Democracy Now!, Juan González, was at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport this past Sunday, where he encountered Central American refugee families recently released from detention centers.
The families, who were from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, had been left there by Immigration and Customs Enforcement without guidance or a translator to help them navigate their flight information.
The families were likely traveling to cities where they could reunite with loved ones already in living in the U.S. In the case of the Guatemalan families, most of them didn’t speak Spanish, but indigenous languages.
None of them spoke English. They had no money and received no assistance from American Airlines employees. Several airport staff, mostly maintenance workers and others, said they have been trying to assist the stranded Central American refugees, providing them with food, blankets and other aid.
This is a common scene at major airports around the country.
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