Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Sent to Live with Undocumented Adults Who May Be in US Illegally

Unaccompanied migrant children coming into the United States are being housed with adults who may be here without legal authorization, according to documents retrieved by the Associated Press.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data shows eight of every 10 children seeking refuge between February 2014 and September 2015 — primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras — were placed with family or guardians vulnerable to deportation.

Six percent went to sponsors with temporary protection status (TPS), short-term legal status granted to immigrants escaping civil wars, natural disasters or other transitory situations. TPS lets an undocumented individual work here legally, but does not let them petition for their child’s residency.

Read more at Latin Post.

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