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Should ICE Arrest Unauthorized Immigrants Who Come Forward to Care for Migrant Children?

by Axios | Updated on 9.21.18

Between July and September of this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 41 people who had come forward as potential sponsors of undocumented migrant children. 70% of those arrests were due to the sponsors — who are often the child's family members — being in the U.S. illegally, CNN's Tal Kopan reports.

Why it matters: Health and Human Services recently instituted stricter vetting procedures including background checks and finger printing for all potential immigrant child sponsors. Immigration advocates have feared that this information would be used by the Trump administration to round up more undocumented immigrants in the U.S.


The big picture: While the administration says they increased vetting standards for the children's protection, there has been concern that it would deter sponsors from coming forward — especially if they are undocumented.

The bottom line: HHS is having to deal with record number of immigrant children, and time spent in HHS shelters has doubled since 2016. Meanwhile, the temporary tent facilities being used to house migrant children in HHS care have tripled in size, per CNN.

-Stef W. Kight

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  • burrkitty
    09/21/2018
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    So now in addition to kidnapping and our other violations of the Geneva Conventions with crimes against humanity we are using traumatized children as bait? God, how sick are you people? How much lower can you sink you disgusting filth?

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  • Tommy
    Voted No
    09/21/2018
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    That's called entrapment. This is ridiculous the way the government is treating these people. If they commit a crime then send them back. If not, give them a path to citizenship or a way to work

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  • Maureen
    Voted Yes
    09/21/2018
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    If they are here illegally or have outstanding warrants of course they should be arrested. We need to send a message that if you want to immigrate to the USA you have to use the proper procedure. You don't get to jump the queue by breaking the law. Think about the people who are trying to immigrate legally. Their processing is being delayed. On the issue of political assylum: There is a serious issue of people being displaced, but dumping everyone in one area is a huge drain on resources for the receiving country. In the case of asylum seekers, there should be a common application where seekers can choose multiple options (much like the common application to colleges in the USA). This could lessen the burden on any individual country and speed up the process to find asylum seekers a safe living environment. The idea may not be ideal, but neither is living in constant fear in your own country.

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  • Dave
    09/21/2018
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    Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 41 people who had come forward as potential sponsors of undocumented migrant children. 70% of those arrests were due to the sponsors. A police state coming to a community near you! Immigrants are not the problem it is the racist bias, hate and fear! Had that in nazi Germany and other countries. You can not fix the problem in this country, you have to go and fix the problem, where the problem starts, Central and South America. It would be a lot cheaper.

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  • Tinee
    Voted No
    09/21/2018
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    No that is cruel & heartless.

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted Yes
    09/22/2018
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    If you would reasonably expect ANY other fugitive to be arrested (bank robber, drug dealer, embezzler, inside stock trader, car thief, whatever) then you should not be surprised when THESE fugitive invaders get scooped up as well. How can you POSSIBLY be okay with releasing CHILDREN into the custody of WANTED CRIMINALS?!? What kind of monster are you?

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  • Roger
    09/21/2018
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    ICE should arrest all illegal Aliens and deport them. They are not unauthorized immigrants they are breaking the law and therefore illegal aliens countable. Get your terminology right leftists!

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  • Matthew
    09/21/2018
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    NO!!! If we are asking this question, then the next question needs to be: “what is wrong with us?”

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  • Janet
    09/21/2018
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    So now we are a true police state. No compassion or empathy for anyone.

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  • operaman
    09/24/2018
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    Is this a serious question? Maybe the question writer needs to ascertain what laws are involved. For myself, my answer is yes based on existing laws. So the question be: Should The Border Patrol/ICE ignore written US Law? Should sworn officers determine the meaning of laws based on their personal feelings on immigration or ”support the Constitution”? If Congress passes laws, should the electorate support Congress or follow their heart?

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  • Karl
    09/21/2018
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    The separation of immigration parents from their children is in humane and in American. The only result will be years of national shame and many many new enemies. This is horrifying.

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  • Cathy
    09/21/2018
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    For heavens sake NO!

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  • John
    09/21/2018
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    No! Stop this ignorant, xenophobic war on immigrants and asylum seekers. Lock up 45 and the rest of the criminal goons who work for him!

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  • Vanessa
    09/21/2018
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    How many children are still in US custody because you have terrified their families with arrest.. what a wicked web the insanity has created. Let families be united! You can get your 5 minutes of fame someplace else dotard..,

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  • Josh
    09/21/2018
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    No. More government is not the answer. Can we maybe try liberty instead of authoritarianism?

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  • Susan
    09/21/2018
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    NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!’

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  • verymary
    Voted No
    09/21/2018
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    This is just some more government-sponsored extreme cruelty to children and families that takes place while Congress sits idly by, posing for photo ops and thanking the President and Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller for doing such terrific things for America. But how do members of Congress sleep at night? Oh, that's right: they're dreaming of re-election.

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  • Joyce
    Voted No
    09/24/2018
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    BECAUSE ICE HAS NO RIGHT DOING SO, THAT'S WHY!!!

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  • Judith
    09/22/2018
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    WHAT ICE SHOULD DO IS TURN IN THEIR BADGES AND FIND ANOTHER LINE OF WORK OUTSIDE OF ANY TYPE OF POLICE WORK !!!

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  • Zack
    09/23/2018
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    We should arrest any and all illegal immigrants, for the obvious reason of them breaking the law. It is hard on the middle class to support so many non tax paying people.

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