Date AnnouncedApril 13, 2018
ICE is required to notify the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), to the extent practicable "within 48 hours" of any UAC sponsor's or adult household member's criminal history and provide documentation during the assessment of a sponsor's eligibility, as well as information about UACs' criminal background or behavioral concerns. [ID #318]View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeApril 13, 2018
Previously, the government had only checked the criminal and immigration history of the individual applying to be a sponsor and not of every adult residing in the sponsor's household. While the share of unaccompanied children being released to parents was nearly 60% from 2014 to 2015, it had dropped to 41% in fiscal year 2018 as of April 2018.Release of Unaccompanied Alien Children to Sponsors in the U.S.