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Report that ICE arrests sponsors of unaccompanied minors

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 21, 2018

    Press reports that in congressional testimony, a senior ICE official states that the agency has arrested 41 sponsors of unaccompanied children (UACs) who had sought to pick the children up from ORR custody. Advocates believe that the arrests stem from a new information sharing agreement between ICE and ORR that requires the government to check the criminal and immigration history of any sponsor applicant and all other adults in the household. [ID #357]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Sept. 21, 2018
Status: Reported
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Minors Interior
Agencies Affected: ICE ORR

Prior Policies

  • Previously, the government had only checked the criminal and immigration history of the individual applying to be a sponsor and not of every adult also residing in the household of the sponsor. While the share of unaccompanied children being released to parents was nearly 60% from 2014 to 2015, it dropped to 41% in fiscal year 2018 as of April 2018.

    Policy re: Release of Unaccompanied Minors to Sponsors (June 30, 2017)

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