Groups complain that immigration law is being enforced

Unaccompanied minors are seen at the Bristow facility, in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Bristow, Virginia, U.S., June 21, 2018. The shelter is one of numerous facilities housing children and youths which are funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC148AA2E350

By Thomas Mitchell

Unaccompanied minors are seen at the Bristow facility, in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Bristow, Virginia, U.S., June 21, 2018. The shelter is one of numerous facilities housing children and youths which are funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. HHS/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. –

Enforcing the law? What a concept.

The AP is reporting that a bunch of scofflaw organizations are protesting the fact that federal agencies are actually, you know, enforcing the law — immigration law to be precise.
A letter was sent this week to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by more than 100 self-styled immigrant-rights and child-welfare groups complaining about the agencies using information gleaned from unaccompanied illegal immigration minors to locate and deport relatives already in the country illegally.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement, a part of HHS tries to unite unaccompanied migrant children with relatives until their legal status can be resolved, but it has begun sharing information about those relatives with DHS, which reportedly has used the information to identify illegal immigrants and deport them.“Children are being turned into bait to gather unprecedented amounts of information from immigrant communities,” Becky Wolozin, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center, was quoted as saying by the AP.
So far only 41 relatives in the country illegally have been arrested for deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation that would prohibit DHS from using information obtained in processing migrant minors.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued over the practice. The feds say the information sharing protects the children from potential harm.There now are reportedly 14,000 such minors in custody, the largest number in U.S. history, the AP reports.

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