Young Center and National Advocates Demonstrate Harm of DHS Scare Tactics

Seven months ago, at the same time it was separating immigrant children from their parents at the border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) entered into a new agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal agency responsible for providing care and shelter for unaccompanied and separated children. Under the agreement, DHS has access to all of the information that HHS gathers about the children—information that is gathered in order to ensure the children’s release from custody and safety in the community. The consequences were swift and severe. Already, DHS has rounded up nearly 200 parents and family members who had stepped forward to sponsor their child’s release from federal custody. Other families are now terrified to do the same. More children are spending longer time in federal custody. Children remain separated from parents and families, rather than living with loved ones as their cases proceed in immigration court. And the costs to taxpayers are significant. Learn more here [document].