Border Officers Turned Away Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids Extra Than 13,000 Occasions
The Department of Homeland Security has deported single children from the U.S. border more than 13,000 times since March, with Trump officials giving the agency unprecedented powers to shut down border crossings during the coronavirus epidemic, according to an internal statement BuzzFeed wrote.
The figure represents a major jump in child abduction since the CDC issued a law allowing border guards to evacuate almost all immigrants to Mexico while the coronavirus is rapidly spreading worldwide in March.
“These are too many children who are being sent for shortcuts for no apparent reason, which can be dangerous or fatal,” said Lee Gelernt, an ACLU lawyer who has been working to block the law.
In the past, children who did not attend were sent to government-run camps for trial. But Trump officials say the law is important to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the US and has become an important tool for border controls.
Deportation is very different from deportation, which would mean that the foreigner had already done the work of moving to another country and found that he was not allowed to stay in the US. Critics allege that the government is using the health laws as an excuse to violate state laws that regulate the behavior of minors who have not traveled to the border.
In September, a border official announced in court that approximately 8,800 children had been converted using the CDC. An internal DHS document states that since March, there have been more than 13,000 “encounters” with children migrating together and not traveling with the law.
A U.S. spokesman for Customs and Border Protection did not confirm the number because of the ongoing lawsuit but said “meeting” means deportation.
“When they meet them, they are expelled,” said the prophet, noting that the figure may also include children who return to the border several times.
Prior to the epidemic, unaccompanied minors who were taken by Border Patrol agents would be sent to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, where they were held in concentration camps as they began to apply for permission and wait to be reunited with their relatives in the US.
The ORR referral system was developed by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, signed by then-President George W. Bush in 2008. According to the law, CBP officials regularly have to send children within 72 hours to a U.S. refugee agency.
But the deportation came down immediately after the CDC order. Instead, children who did not travel to the border returned to Mexico or were kept in CBP facilities until the plane took them out of the country.
In late June, U.S. Regional Judge Carl Nichols, appointed by President Donald Trump, banned the deportation of a 16-year-old Honduran boy under the auspices of the CDC. Although the ruling did not eliminate the money altogether, it seems to be painful for management. Since then, the government has said it no longer wants to use the CDC law to remove the boy from the country.
In September, a judge also ordered Trump officials not to stop children from relocating to hotels before sending them out immediately to their home countries according to the epidemic law.