US Scrambles to Explain Accounts of 'Missing' Children

Trump administration will fingerprint child migrants parents

HHS officials told the Post that the agency now has 1,300 reserve spaces to provide for incoming minors, but at the rate that immigration officers are prosecuting migrant parents, those beds will be full in a matter of weeks. And related accounts of the government "losing" roughly 1,500 children who have entered the country.

In a statement, Kenneth J. Wolfe, a spokesman for HHS's Administration for Children and Families told the newspaper that the agency now has "an existing network of approximately 100 shelters in 14 states".

THE FACTS: No law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress.

In addition to publishing an action plan that includes details on how to spread information about Friday's rallies on social media, the ACLU also provided an updated map of events taking place across the country. The government did realize previous year that it lost track of 1,475 migrant children it had placed with sponsors in the United States, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee last month.

Wagner told reporters that HHS went a step further than required by the Flores Settlement by making the follow-up phone calls.

The allegation, which sparked the hashtag "WhereAreOurChildren", grew out of testimony in April by a federal official that the government had lost track of almost 1,500 unaccompanied minor children it placed with adult sponsors in the U.S.

Because of a massive backlog in the immigration courts, it can take years for those cases to work their way to completion, and many immigrants are given the ability to work and live in the U.S. in the meantime, putting down roots.

That change will keep more kids in federal custody, immigrant advocates say, if their relatives are too scared to step forward or view a sponsorship decision as a choice between retrieving a child and risking their own deportation.

"What's happened is the exception to the rule is now becoming the rule", Young said. "If you call a friend and they don't answer the phone, you don't assume that they've been kidnapped". "Nor could they be described as 'lost, ' as had been initially claimed", wrote Barrett.

The agency from the Department of Health and Human Services also claims that once the sponsor families pick up the immigrant children, they hold no legal responsibility for the children themselves.


The problem with Romney's idea is that it assumed the government could accomplish this goal by standing in the way of undocumented immigrants finding jobs, when the reality is that majority make money doing low-pay, low-skill work (farm labor, child care for individual families, housekeeping) that is notoriously hard to monitor for compliance with laws precluding the hiring of such workers.

HHS shelters are already at near-maximum capacity, the Post reported.

On Thursday in Washington, D.C., the Department of Health and Human Services told members of Congress that some of the immigrant children collected and sponsored to live in the United States past year can no longer be located. But it's important to note these children were declared missing months before Sessions' announcement.

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said the administration would prefer to detain parents and children together, but the lack of detention space, along with the specifications of the Flores agreement, are preventing that. The administration has said that about 14% of sponsors didn't respond to inquiries. Nagda also said that she has seen no evidence that this new "zero tolerance" policy deters potential migrants from coming to the border.

Additionally, Nielsen has ordered federal prosecution against any person caught crossing the border illegally.

A White House-backed bill earlier this year, which included hardline immigration measures, border security and drastic cuts to legal and family-based migration as well as a path to citizenship for certain young undocumented immigrants, got only 39 votes in the Senate, including those of three Democrats.

THE FACTS: The almost 1,500 children in question arrived at the border without their parents and were not forced from them by US authorities.

Trump tweeted: "Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama's term showing children from the Border in steel cages".

President Trump made things more heated when he tweeted May 26 asking supporters to pressure Democrats to "end the frightful law that separates children from there [sic] parents once they cross the Border into the U.S".

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