Saturday, April 27, 2019

Border Patrol Takes Steps To Protect Migrant Children from Trafficking

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The U.S. Border Patrol is fingerprinting migrant children 14 years of age and younger in order to protect them from the human smugglers using them for profit.
“Right now, we are still faced with overwhelming numbers. Every tool that we can get is going to be helpful for us,” an immigration enforcement official said to CNN.
“Ultimately, it’s the changes in law” that will make room for permanent reforms, “but this will help us counter the fraud.”
The move to fingerprint young migrant children comes as Border Patrol agents are seeing an unprecedented number of “fake” children arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan earlier in April said that over 3,000 fraudulent families reached the border in the past six months.
Human smugglers — who have made billions transporting migrants across Mexico — have been increasingly pairing adults with random children and attempting to pass them off as family members.
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