Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
The is an unprecedented influx of “fake families” arriving on the U.S-Mexico border and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is taking action.
“Fake families are being formed to cross our border and avoid detention. ICE
#HSI is working with @CBP to stop individuals, networks and organizations facilitating child smuggling and document fraud to illegally enter the U.S.,” ICE tweeted.
Fake families are being formed to cross our border and avoid detention. ICE #HSI is working with @CBP to stop individuals, networks and organizations facilitating child smuggling and document fraud to illegally enter the U.S.
— ICE (@ICEgov) April 29, 2019
Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence revealed the extent of the danger migrant children face as they are brought across the border, and the actions his department is taking to defend them on an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
Albence said the “first and primary goal” of ICE is to preserve the “safety and security” of children. In nearly 3,000 documented cases, children have been brought across the border with adults posing as a family unit to avoid detainment.
“These children are being victimized,” Albence said. “We know they are being trafficked. We know they are being recycled and sent back across the border numerous times by cartels to be utilized again and placed with a nonrelative adult just so that adult can be released because they know we can’t hold them.”
So what is the plan?
ICE is sending down experts on human trafficking and document fraud, forensic interviewers and victim assistance specialists to ensure children at the border aren’t being exploited and will be will be using science data to “dismantle” the child trafficking rings employed by human smugglers working in Central American and Mexico.
Family units make up a large portion of the illegal aliens apprehended at the southern border. Of all the people apprehended at the southwest border, 62 percent of them were an unaccompanied minor or claimed to be a part of a family unit. In a six-month time period, around 2,700 migrants were determined to be lying about their family unit claims, The Daily Caller News Foundation reports.
The number of children traveling with adults who are lying about their relationship has raised concerns among immigration enforcement.
The Department of Homeland Security has already begun changing policy to deal with the huge wave of “fake” children arriving at the border, with officials now fingerprinting minors that are 14 and younger. Previously, Border Patrol agents would only occasionally take photos and collect some information on children. The changes, they believe, will help them better identify children being used by human smugglers.
Radio and newspaper advertisements in Central America are encouraging locals to flee to the U.S. illegally, and telling them to bring children with them as that increases their chances of making it into the interior of the country.