Law & Policy:Federal sponsors of unaccompanied children now at risk for deportation (by Garance Burke, apnews.com, June 30, 2017)
New “surge initiative” will target parents and other relatives who may try to have children smuggled into the country. Federal administrators announced a new effort to seek out anyone who hires coyotes to bring in children and arrest them, a departure from prior practices.
This new enforcement targets those who had often functioned as sponsors of incoming immigrant children, now jeopardizing placement for the children and forcing the children to stay with other family members or move under the care of ORR. Legal challenges may result.