According to BuzzFeed’s internal documents, the Department of Homeland Security has expelled more than 13,000 undocumented immigrant children from the U.S. border since March, when the Trump administration gave the agency unprecedented power to block access to the border during the coronavirus epidemic, according to BuzzFeed.
This figure represents a major step in the deportation of children, as the CDC issues an order allowing border officials to deport almost all migrants crossing into Mexico. Coronavirus It spread rapidly around the world in March.
“This huge number of children, who are being deported without any formalities, are likely to be in serious or serious danger,” said Lee Gerant, a lawyer at ACLU who worked to stop the order.
Previously, unaccompanied children were sent to government-run shelters for trying to sue them. The Trump administration, however, argued that the policy was necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the United States and that it was the main instrument of border agents.
Deportation is legally different than deportation, which means that an immigrant has actually completed the immigration process and has received evidence that he or she will not be allowed to stay legally in the United States. Critics say the government is using public health orders as an excuse to violate federal laws that govern the processing of underage minors at the border.
In September, a border official announced in federal court that about 8,800 children had been deported through the use of CDC orders. Internal DHS documents state that since March, there have been more than 13,000 “encounters” with undocumented immigrant children under the new policy.
A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not confirm the figures due to ongoing litigation, but said the expulsion was an “encounter.”
“Once confronted, they will be deported,” the spokesman said, adding that the figure could also include children who return to the border more than once.
Prior to the epidemic, unaccompanied children selected by border patrol agents were sent to refugee resettlement offices, where they began applying for asylum and would be housed in the United States as they waited to be reunited with family members.
The ORR referral process was created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reroitisation Act, signed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006. Under the law, CBP officials usually have to refer children to the U.S. Refugee Agency within 2 hours.
But those referrals declined immediately after the CDC’s order. Instead, undisputed children at the border are immediately returned to Mexico or placed in CBP facilities until a plane removes them from the country.
In late June, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, who appointed President Donald Trump, Deportation blocked Of a 16-year-old Honduran boy on the orders of the CDC. While the ruling did not completely invalidate the policy, it was seen as a blow to the administration. The government has since said it is no longer trying to use the CDC’s order to remove the boy from the country.
In September, a federal judge also directed the Trump administration Stop pasting Immigrant children in hotels quickly return to their home countries in accordance with the epidemic border policy.