To Daniella Silva
Federal authorities have arrested 170 immigrants who sought to sponsor migrant children into government custody, officials from the Immigration and Customs Bureau said. The arrests were made by immigrants suspected of being illegal in the United States. They were the result of background checks on potential sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children who were subordinate to the Department of Health and Human Services.
More than two-thirds of the detainees ̵
The arrests follow a step by Donald Trump's government earlier this year that allowed the immigration authorities to investigate the criminal background and legal status of anyone who proceeds to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children – usually parents or close relatives already living in the US – as well as all the other adults living in their home.
This rule allowed the ICE to collect biometrically data, including fingerprints, sponsors and other adults in the home.
Nearly 80 percent of people who were tested by ICE during the sponsorship process showed results they did not legally have in the country, the agency said.
The number of arrests was first reported on Monday in the FranciscanChronicle
Proponents fear that the rule would lead to arrests of citizens They will come and leave a growing number of children in government homes or nursing homes.
Bill proposals were introduced in the US Senate and the US House of Representatives prohibiting the ICE from using the information obtained from sponsor background controls for immigration enforcement.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Who introduced the Senate Act, criticized the arrests on Twitter.
"A natural consequence of these arrests is that these children do not have to go anywhere," she tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
ICE did not immediately respond to the request for comment on the proponents' concerns.
Recent figures relate to the arrest of 41 people who also attempted to sponsor migrant children in September following the change of government.