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DHS agrees that HHS will share information about unaccompanied children, sponsors, and household members

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 13, 2018

    DHS and HHS (Office of Refugee Resettlement, ORR) execute Memorandum of Agreement that mandates information-sharing regarding unaccompanied minors, sponsors of unaccompanied minors, and individuals living in the same household as an unaccompanied minor. Under the memorandum, ORR is required to provide ICE and CBP with any information regarding an unaccompanied minor. Potential sponsors of unaccompanied minors, and any other person living in the same household as the potential sponsor of an unaccompanied minor, will be required to submit biometric information, such as fingerprints, which will be shared with ICE and CBP. [ID #325]

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  2. Effective Date

    May 13, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Actions: Agency Directive Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: ORR ICE CBP

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • April 14, 2014 Previously, DHS was required to submit a request for information to ORR, and information regarding the sponsor's immigration status, and that of other individual's living in the sponsor's household was not routinely forwarded to DHS. Requests for UAC Case File Information


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