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Reports of Trump Administration unlawfully detaining and deporting unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 24, 2019

    At least four lawsuits, including a class action, allege that ORR is working in concert with ICE to prevent unaccompanied minors from being sponsored by undocumented family members who are in the U.S. The allegations are based on a leaked memo from the Trump administration. ICE will reportedly deport sponsors or other family members who seek to sponsor the unaccompanied minor. Allegations include that ORR is holding minors in below-standard facilities and detaining minors until they turn 18 and can be deported. [ID #370]

    Leaked Draft Policy Memo: Policy Options to Respond to Border Surge of Illegal Immigration
  2. Effective Date

    January 24, 2019

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Border Minors
Agencies Affected: ORR ICE CBP


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