How do these children get to South Dakota and who are they living with?

How do these children get to South Dakota and who are they living with?

When a child turns herself in at the border they trigger special processes. Under the Flores settlement agreement they are not allowed to be detained in a detention setting for more than 20 days. Therefore the government agency – Health and Human Services is under direct pressure to locate a qualified sponsor to take these children.  More often than not a child will identify someone she knows living in the United States. These “sponsors” are vetted and if he/she passes a background check, the child is sent to live with this sponsor. The sponsor’s obligation is keep the child out of trouble, enroll them in public schools and get them to immigration court. The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports that there are 292 Unaccompanied Minors from Central America who have been released to a sponsor since 2014, and less than a dozen families separated at the border have been reunited and living in SD.

2018-10-10T12:56:55+00:00October 5th, 2018|