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WaPo: White House Pushes to Use Migrant Children to Ensnare Parents

HeadlineDec 23, 2019

The Washington Post has revealed a secret White House plan, pushed for by Trump’s immigration adviser Stephen Miller, sought to use the U.S. refugee agency to expand Trump’s mass deportation efforts. The plan would have included embedding immigration agents inside the program responsible for caring for unaccompanied children. Part of the plan was rejected by Department of Health and Human Services officials. But the Department of Health and Human Services is allowing ICE — that’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement — agents to collect fingerprints from adults seeking to claim custody of migrant children at government shelters. ICE can use this information to target the adults for deportation — meaning undocumented immigrants will be far less likely to claim custody of migrant children, and therefore prolong the detention of children and the separation of families.

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