Half of illegal children crossing US border are not with ‘parents’
Half of the children - ages 5 and under - crossing the US border can not be reunited with their "parents", because the adults are either violent criminals or not the real parents.
Published: July 15, 2018, 9:54 am
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that illegal immigrants and human traffickers were “using children” to gain sympathy in America in order to enter the US without legal papers and remain there.
The British Daily Mail reported that of the 103 minors in the youngest age group, the administration has reunited only 57 with parents, but the other 46 are “ineligible” according to the Justice and Homeland Security Departments.
Eleven of the adults have “serious criminal histor[ies]” that include charges or convictions for child cruelty, kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, domestic violence and narcotics-related crime.
Chris Meekins, Chief of Staff, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services told reporters that one of the migrants is wanted for murder in Guatemala.
Seven more were “determined not to be a parent” including three whose deception was discovered through DNA testing. One adult claimed he was a parent “right up until the time of a DNA swab”. Authorities said another had abused the child he was trying to claim. Eleven are in state or federal custody for other reasons.
One of the adults presented a falsified birth certificate, while yet another was diagnosed with a contagious disease.
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