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    Several Thousand Migrant Children In U.S. Custody Could Be Released Before Christmas

    Several Thousand Migrant Children In U.S. Custody Could Be Released Before Christmas


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    December 18, 20184:22 PM ET
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    Migrant children run around a track outside at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. Shelters that house these children are reaching capacity and the federal government is now working to speed releases to sponsors.


    Brynn Anderson/AP

    Updated at 4:59 pm ET

    The Department of Health and Human Services is changing the ways it conducts background checks on sponsors of migrant children, a surprise move that will mean the release of hundreds of such children from controversial government-contracted shelters across the country.


    The Trump administration had come under fire for holding nearly 15,000 migrant children in 137 shelters.

    The vast majority of the children are "unaccompanied alien children" who crossed the border without parents or legal guardians. The administration has been criticized for long delays in releasing them to live with sponsors while their asylum cases are pending in immigration court. In a turnabout, the government now agrees the vetting of sponsors — usually a parent or family member — was taking too long.


    "The children should be home with their parents. The government makes lousy parents," said Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary at Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, in an interview with NPR.

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    Almost 15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters


    "We're finding [the extra screening] is not adding anything to the protection or the safety of the children," she added.

    To speed the release of children, HHS has decided to drop a requirement, put into place just six months ago, that everyone in a sponsor's household be fingerprinted and receive an extensive criminal background check.

    That extra vetting had slowed down the process.

    Starting immediately, only the sponsors will continue to be fingerprinted and run through FBI and state databases and through Department of Homeland Security records.


    I don't want to cause any additional harm by keeping kids in care any longer than they need to when they have a thoroughly vetted parent waiting for them.


    Lynn Johnson, Health and Human Services

    A source familiar with the operation of the sprawling tent camp in Tornillo, Texas, said children in that facility had waited 50 days, even after all the vetting was completed. He said there are 1,300 children ready to be discharged.

    Johnson said there are about 2,000 children in the shelter system who are ready to be released to already vetted parents in the next four to five days.


    "I don't want to cause any additional harm by keeping kids in care any longer than they need to when they have a thoroughly vetted parent waiting for them," she said.


    On Tuesday, there were 14,600 children in a system whose capacity is 16,000. At 91 percent capacity, the government has to either add beds or release children.

    The number of children in the government's care has doubled since March, as more Central American teenagers are crossing the border without their parents, and the wait time in shelters has lengthened.


    HHS has already spent $144 million on the Tornillo facility, where it employs some 2,000 employees to care for 2,800 children.

    The nonprofit that operates Tornillo has stressed how it strives to make the children as comfortable and happy as possible, but child welfare experts say detention is simply wrong for children.


    "This is really an extraordinary development, and one that should dramatically reduce the number of children in federal immigration custody," said Neha Desai, senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law.

    This group and others filed a lawsuit last month challenging the extra background checks that were prolonging children's stay in shelters.


    "The new policy should never have been enacted in the first place," she said, "but I'm truly thrilled that the government has finally acknowledged its deeply flawed approach and chosen to correct course."


    Johnson said the rule change would not affect an agreement whereby HHS shares sponsor information with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement.

    Critics have warned that some potential sponsors are reluctant to come forward knowing that they are possibly making themselves targets of deportation agents. So far, ICE has arrested 170 immigrants who applied with HHS to sponsor children but are in the country unlawfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post


    15,000 migrant children in 137 shelters.

    The vast majority of the children are "unaccompanied alien children" who crossed the border without parents or legal guardians.


    I don't want to cause any additional harm by keeping kids in care any longer than they need to when they have a thoroughly vetted parent waiting for them.


    Anyone who believes 15,000 children managed to get from Central American on their own.... I got lots of bridges for sale.

    Someone is bringing them about 50 ft. from the border and shoving them over.

    Remember the day when American children would remain in orphans homes for years and not be adopted out, but they have immediate vetted parents for these children. Yeah, right!
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    In my opinion, Lynn Johnson of HHS, appears to be another bad pick by the Trump administration. Release the Trojan Horse children. Let's aid and abet illegal immigration and spread the little ones around the country. Let's stress communities, strain state budgets, fleece taxpayers. Open borders, amnesty supporters run departments in the Trump administration. Everyone cowers at criticism.

    The children should never have reached the border or crossed the border. Whatever President Trump has been doing, he did not put the necessary fear in the Mexican government to stop people from approaching the border. No doubt everyone is afraid of the cartels, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaPeach View Post
    In my opinion, Lynn Johnson of HHS, appears to be another bad pick by the Trump administration.
    Yes, these bad picks are an epidemic.

    How can one person make this many bad picks by accident?
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    RELEASE THEM BACK HOME INTO THE CARE AND CUSTODY OF THEIR PRESIDENT FOR CHRISTMAS!

    THEY HAVE RELATIVES BACK HOME.

    THEY CAN HOUSE AND FEED THEM AND HAVE CHRISTMAS PARTY THERE!!!!

    STOP ALLOWING THEM TO DUMP THEIR CHILDREN OVER OUR BORDER!!!

    THEY ARE MINORS, FOREIGN RUNAWAYS...SEND THEM BACK WITHIN 48 HOURS!
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    LET THEIR PRESIDENT PUT THEM IN TENT CITY ON THEIR SOIL!

    SEND THEM HOME!
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    Hundreds of asylum seekers were dropped off Sunday night at the Greyhound bus station in Downtown El Paso before accommodations were made by Annunciation House. Many of the migrants were taken Monday morning back to the Greyhound station to arrange for travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiaPeach View Post
    In my opinion, Lynn Johnson of HHS, appears to be another bad pick by the Trump administration. Release the Trojan Horse children. Let's aid and abet illegal immigration and spread the little ones around the country. Let's stress communities, strain state budgets, fleece taxpayers. Open borders, amnesty supporters run departments in the Trump administration. Everyone cowers at criticism.

    The children should never have reached the border or crossed the border. Whatever President Trump has been doing, he did not put the necessary fear in the Mexican government to stop people from approaching the border. No doubt everyone is afraid of the cartels, too.

    She was confirmed four months ago.

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