18.05.30 Uac

May 30, 2018
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Did the U.S. really separate 1,500 immigrant children from their parents & then lose them? NO!


The 1,475 “immigrant children” are Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) who arrived in the U.S. \*ALONE\*

UAC (by definition) do NOT arrive with a parent or legal guardian.A Since 2012, more than 200,000 UAC have arrived in the U.S.

UAC 101

  • When UAC arrive in U.S., they are transferred from the Dep’t of Homeland Security to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
  • While their legal status is being sorted out, the ORR places most UAC with “sponsors” in the U.S.
  • The sponsors are usually their parents or close family members.
  • ORR periodically checks in to monitor their safety & well-being.

In April, aA Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) official testified to Congress about the 40,810 UAC transferred to ORR’s custody in 2017

  • In the fall, ORR reached out to a fraction (7,635) of those UAC & their sponsors.
  • 86% participated in safety & well-being calls, but “ORR was unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 UAC.”
The assertion that unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are alost’ is completely false. … These children are not alost’; their sponsors a who … in all cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for thema simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made.”

HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, May 28 statement

UAC are NOT separated from their parents at the border, but many other immigrant child ARE. Read more here:

“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April announced a “zero-tolerance” policy to increase prosecution of immigrants who come into the country illegally.

In cases where a parent crosses illegally with his or her child, the parent will be referred for prosecution and the child directed to HHS for care and custody while the child”s immigration case is resolved.

At a May 15 Senate committee hearing, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that families who present themselves at ports of entry seeking asylum are able to stay together. “

by Jenna Lee,