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HHS Relaxes Sponsorship Requirement for Migrant Children in Gov’t Custody

HeadlineDec 20, 2018

In more immigration news, the Trump administration is easing the requirements for sponsoring migrant children in government custody. Sponsors are most commonly relatives of unaccompanied children who are able to take them into their care. The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will no longer require a full background check on all members of a potential sponsor’s household, which draws out the process significantly. In September, ICE confirmed it was arresting potential sponsors for possible immigration violations. Recently revealed data showed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 170 people since July. A reported 15,000 immigrant children are currently being held in government custody, a record high.

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