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HHS proposes expanded background checks and information sharing for sponsors of unaccompanied children

  1. Date Announced

    May 15, 2018

    The Administration for Children & Families requests approval and public comment on proposed increased vetting of sponsors of unaccompanied minors. Specifically, the information collection would allow the Office of Refugee Resettlement to obtain biometric and biographical information from sponsors, adult members of their household, and adult care givers. ORR in turn would share the information collected with other federal departments to conduct background checks. Information shared with DOJ or DHS could be used against the sponsors in criminal or immigration proceedings. [ID #35]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    May 15, 2018
  3. Subsequent Action

    December 19, 2018

    HHS will no longer require that all adults living in the same household as migrant children be fingerprinted before releasing the minor to the sponsor. Only the sponsors themselves will have to undergo fingerprinting.

    Press Release: Rep. DeLauro Statement on HHS Fingerprinting Policy Change
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Minors Interior
Agencies Affected: CBP ICE ORR DOJ

Prior Policies

Subsequent Action


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