The United States scored lowest in the 2018 NextGen Index, which consists of 21 total country assessments. The United States has the world’s largest immigration detention system operating over 200 immigration detention facilities with over 34,000 people detained each day.
Further, there are detention facilities dedicated specifically to detaining children and their parents. Families, including infants and toddlers, are locked up in immigration detention facilities for weeks, months, and even years.
The US intercepted 57,000 families with children in 2017, and more than 27,000 unaccompanied children. The vast majority of these children are subject to immigration detention.