of the adults who were deported didn't want their children back, government
Nearly half of the illegal immigrants
who tried to enter the United States with children under the age of 5 in tow
were either violent criminals, had no relation to the child they were with,
were taken into custody for other charges, or didn’t want the child back, the Department
of Homeland Security said on Thursday.
The Department of Health and Human
Services, the Department of Justice, and DHS have been reunifying illegal
aliens and children under the age of 5.
of this morning, the initial reunifications were completed. Throughout the
reunification process our goal has been the well-being of the children and
returning them to a safe environment,” agency officials said in a joint
statement on Thursday.
“Our agencies’ careful vetting
procedures helped prevent the reunification of children with an alleged
murderer, an adult convicted of child cruelty, and adults determined not to be
the parent of the child,” they said.
Of the 103 children under the age of
five, 57 had been reunified with their caregivers as of 7 a.m. EST.
The 46 remaining children were not
returned to the adults who brought them into the U.S. due, in part, to “safety
concerns” posed by those adults.
Eleven adults had a history of being
charged or convicted of kidnapping, murder, human smuggling, child cruelty,
domestic violence, or other similar violent offenses.
One is wanted for murder in
Guatamala, said Chris Meekins, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Preparedness and Response and DHHS, according to the Daily
In seven cases, investigators learned
that the adult had lied about having a biological relationship with the child.
Three of those individuals’ lies were
uncovered by DNA testing, Meekins added.
One adult had falsified birth
certificate information, one had a contagious disease, and another allegedly
abused the young child in question, according to the DHS report.
Eleven adults were in the custody of
other law enforcement agencies for various offenses, and one planned to house
the child at the residence of someone charged with child sexual abuse.
Of the 12 illegal aliens who were
deported, all were given the opportunity to take their children back with them,
and all declined, Meekins told the Daily Mail.
“Illegals and traffickers know how it
works,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “They are just using
Democrats in Congress must no longer
Obstruct - vote to fix our terrible Immigration Laws now. I am watching what is
going on from Europe - it would be soooo simple to fix. Judges run the system
and illegals and traffickers know how it works. They are just using children!
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American immigration system is the most generous in the world, but we are a
nation of laws and we intend to continue enforcing those laws,” the joint
statement from agency officials read.
“Certain facts remain: The American
people gave this administration a mandate to end the lawlessness at the border,
and President Trump is keeping his promise to do exactly that," officials
"Our message has been clear all
along: Do not risk your own life or the life of your child by attempting to
enter the United States illegally," the agencies said. "Apply
lawfully and wait your turn.”