Thousands of Migrant Children May Be Released to Sponsors
The Trump administration has been criticized for holding nearly 15,000 migrant children in make-shift shelters, including the infamous Tent City in the Texas desert, without a plan for their release. And the death of Jakelin, the seven-year-old who died in custody, has further raised the alarm on how children are treated in these facilities and shined a spotlight on how unprepared Customs and Border Protection are for the growing number of children and families in its custody. In a move that many viewed as a response to the growing criticism, the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced it would be changing the ways it conducts background checks on sponsors of migrant children. The government will no longer require that all adults in sponsor households to submit fingerprints, just the potential sponsors; those will still be shared with the authorities. The previous policy had been used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest at least 170 undocumented people. The move could bring the release of hundreds, if not thousands, of children from government custody and might even result in the closure of Tent City. More here.