WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration is using information gathered from immigrant children apprehended at the border to go after the relatives who paid for them to travel to the U.S., often to escape violence at home or reunite with their families.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed that their “surge initiative” against human smuggling operations, first reported by McClatchy on Thursday, is targeting, among others, those who pay for unaccompanied minors to be brought into the U.S. without authorization.
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To find those so-called sponsors ― usually members of the children’s family ― the government is using the kids as “bait,” immigrant rights advocates allege.
“Don’t be fooled here by claims that this is an effort by the government to protect children from smugglers,” Michelle Brané of the Women’s
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