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An update on ICE enforcement

An important update from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) on enforcement actions against sponsors and potential sponsors of UACs apprehended at the border, as well as resources for attorneys, social workers, caretakers, and families from KIND and the Immigrant Legal Defense Center (ILRC). 

July 2017

As you may be aware, the Administration has begun enforcement actions against sponsors and potential sponsors of UACs apprehended at the border. Although ICE has increased high profile enforcement actions and exercised new tactics since the President’s Executive Orders on immigration enforcement, these targeted actions are a bit different from what we have seen in the past. It appears that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is sharing with ICE information obtained from children in their custody, e.g., the sponsor’s name and location, prior to the children’s transfer to ORR custody. As such, the actions are taking place all over the country, not necessarily in one targeted location within the United States. We do not have details as to whether particular categories of sponsors may be prioritized, or if undocumented sponsors will be put in removal proceedings or criminally charged.

KIND is working in coalition with strategic partners to respond to the cruelty of this plan and highlight the harm this enforcement scheme will do to unaccompanied children seeking protection in the United States, as well as mixed status families around the country. 

In the meantime, we want to ensure communities are educated about this enforcement scheme so that they may plan and prepare in an appropriate manner.

KIND has been sharing the following materials with our clients, partners, and colleagues:

It is always prudent for clients and caretakers to plan for what to do when encountering ICE or if ICE comes to the home. It is also prudent for families to plan for who can care for a child in the instance that the primary caretaker becomes unavailable, particularly where the caretaker is undocumented. This is another apt opportunity for attorneys to meet with their child clients to review these items, as well as ensure that clients, caretakers, and alternative caretakers continue contact with the child’s attorney regardless of these eventualities. 

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