Before Donald Trump took his seat in office, he pledged to bring reform to the U.S. immigration system, and after becoming president, he has been successful at doing so. Not only has the Trump administration blocked certain immigrants from entering the country, but it has allowed costs for immigration benefits to increase significantly making it even more difficult for immigrants to live in and/or work in the U.S. In addition to these hurdles the Trump administration has put up, sources are now accusing the administration of detaining migrant children in hotels before sending them back home.
NPR says that after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Trump administration set up “a shadow immigration system on the U.S.-Mexico border.” The source says “private contractors are detaining migrant children in hotels before they are quickly sent home.” By putting this practice into place, “immigration officials [are able to] bypass the normal process that would give the children a chance to ask for asylum here.”
Typically, when a migrant child enters the U.S. illegally without a parent or legal guardian or is separated from their parent who was convicted of a criminal offense, they are considered to be an “unaccompanied alien child.” By law, the child should be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement for care and custody, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). HHS is then required to provide care for the child until they are either released to a sponsor, a parent or close relative, or while they await immigration proceedings. A migrant child may also leave HHS care if they are returning to their home country, reach 18 years of age, or gain legal immigration status.
According to NPR, that doesn’t always happen when a migrant child is detained at the border.
The source claims that “up and down the border, court documents show many unaccompanied children have been held secretly in hotels for days, sometimes weeks, until they can be put on planes back the countries they came from.” Mark Morgan, who is the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says officials are trying to “remove all individuals, regardless of whether they’re minors or adults,” to avoid potentially spreading the COVID-19 virus. Morgan also said, “We’re trying to remove them as fast as we can to not put them into our system, to not have them remain in the United States for a long period of time, therefore increasing the exposure risk to the American people.”
If these claims are true, you are encouraged to contact an Atlanta, GA immigration lawyer if you wish to sponsor a relative who recently arrived in the U.S. The GA immigration attorneys at Kuck | Baxter Immigration are some of the best in the field and will be able to assist you with getting the necessary paperwork filed with USCIS to reduce the chances of them being deported or detained.
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