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Photos: DHS Action on the Southwest Border Yields Results

DHS and HHS were left to rebuild the capacity to shelter and process the children, after having inherited a system that had been entirely dismantled by the prior administration. These photos demonstrate the tremendous progress that DHS and its partners have made to safely and efficiently transfer unaccompanied children out of CBP custody and into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Infographic: DHS Action on the Southwest Border Yields Results

DHS and HHS were left to rebuild the capacity to shelter and process the children, after having inherited a system that had been entirely dismantled by the prior administration. This infographic demonstrates the tremendous progress that DHS and its partners have made to safely and efficiently transfer unaccompanied children out of CBP custody and into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Declaración conjunta del HHS y el DHS sobre la terminación del acuerdo de 2018

El Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos (HHS) y el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos (DHS) anunciaron la terminación de un acuerdo de 2018 que socavaba los intereses de los menores y que tenía un efecto aterrador en los posibles patrocinadores (generalmente un padre o una persona cercana) interesados en patrocinar a un menor sin acompañante bajo el cuidado de HHS.

HHS and DHS Joint Statement on Termination of 2018 Agreement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of a 2018 agreement that undermined the interests of children and had a chilling effect on potential sponsors (usually a parent or close relative) from stepping up to sponsor an unaccompanied child placed in the care of HHS.

Retention Memo to CBP for CRCL Investigation Concerning Age Determination and Birth Certificate Verification Procedures

From 2015-2020, CRCL received more than 100 allegations that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) violated the civil rights and civil liberties of unaccompanied minors when determining their ages or verifying the authenticity of their birth certificates. These allegations arose from reported incidents at both U.S. Border Patrol stations and ports of entry. These included similar allegations, such as CBP discarding and destroying birth certificates, pressuring and coercing unaccompanied minors into incorrectly claiming they are adults, and falsifying records of their ages. From these numerous allegations, CRCL chose a sample of 18 that represented the various types of allegations received by CRCL and opened them as complaint investigations.

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