Former ICE head: Separated kids may never see parents again

Former ICE head: Separated kids may never see parents again

(NEW YORK POST) – Migrant parents separated from their kids after crossing the border may end up losing their kids for good, according to the former head of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Permanent separation. It happens,” John Sandweg, who ran the agency under President Obama, told NBC News.

Adults are typically deported from the US quickly while children are low priority — and may just ultimately stay in the US as wards of the state or even wind up being adopted, he explained.

“You could easily end up in a situation where the gap between a parent’s deportation and a child’s deportation is years,” Sandweg said.

“You could be creating thousands of immigrant orphans in the US that one day could become eligible for citizenship when they are adopted.”

ICE subsequently released a statement saying Sedweg’s assessment is “not accurate.”

“There are no termination of parental rights as a result of the separation and most children in [Office of Refugee Resettlement] custody are released to a sponsor who is either a parent, close relative or family friend,” said spokeswoman Liz Johnson.

“A parent who is ordered removed may request that his or her minor child accompany them. If the parent chooses to have his or her children accompany him or her, ICE accommodates, to the extent practicable, the parent’s efforts to make provisions for their children.”

The Trump administration says kids are only being separated temporarily from their parents while the adults are prosecuted under its new “zero tolerance” policy on border crossing.

But because the parents are in the custody of Homeland Security and the kids are quickly handed over to Health and Human Services Department, keeping track of both “is more difficult than it sounds,” Sandweg says

Some parents have already been deported to their home countries while their kids remain in the US, according to a New York Times report — which cited the case of a mom sent to back Guatemala after being separated from her 8-year-old son.


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  1. So what the f.....he holding the ppl children for if you deporting the ppl send back with what they came as they came.That shate separating the ppl away from their kids is bullshit to what point does this make scene if you choose to resend the parents away send the ppl back with teir children. chuupppzzz


    • He's not separating the children. He's prosecuting the immigrants. When parents are prosecute and sent to prison the children are taken away.


  2. I support Trump's hardline approach. I have to save up for years to legally enter the United States, while some South American can just waltz across the border into the US and get fat, do drugs and eat for next to nothing. Meanwhile in their native countries, it falls apart and does nothing to put policies to stop the social problems causing the migration at its root.

    Mexico is suppose to be a US ally but is not even stopping the migrants from crossing. Even at one point supplying food packets to encourage the illegal crossings.

    Trump needs to stop people from taking advantage of the US before it becomes another shit hole country like where those migrants are from.


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