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Democratic officials called a situation in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection prevented three minors from roaming Chicago unaccompanied “kidnapping” and “troubling,” despite a law requiring the agency do so.
An “adult female” was traveling with three children, ages 9, 10 and 13, Thursday from Mexico to Chicago. The female was deemed “inadmissible” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, CBP told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The article goes on to state the following:
The children were held at the Chicago O’Hare airport for more than 12 hours until a guardian picked them up. The adult female is the children’s cousin, WBEZ reported. The cousin and children’s names were not reported, and neither was the cousin’s age.
“CBP was doing everything in their power to unite these children and their parents instead of turning them over to Child Protective Services,” a CBP spokesperson told the DCNF.
Initially, activists decried the move to hold the children. Some claimed that federal officials were setting a trap for their parents.
“This is yet another example of the abusive practices and disregard of the law,” said Ruiz-Velasco, who said she was notified of the situation by the Mexican Consulate. “They have three U.S. citizen young girls detained, causing trauma and harm to this family and our communities.”
While awaiting a resolution, some activists created signs at the airport to show support for the family. “Don’t make children hostages,” one sign read. “Let the children go,” read another sign.
“There are false reports circulating that CBP is detaining 3 US citizen children at O’Hare,” CBP tweeted. “The children arrived with a Mexican citizen that was deemed inadmissible. By law, they could only be released to a parent/legal guardian. Their mother has picked them up without incident.”
There are false reports circulating that CBP is detaining 3 US citizen children at O’Hare. The children arrived with a Mexican citizen that was deemed inadmissible. By law, they could only be released to a parent/legal guardian. Their mother has picked them up without incident.
— CBP (@CBP) July 18, 2019
I’ve spoken with area officials from CPB and confirmed that the three American children have been released. Using children as pawns to advance a racist and xenophobic immigration policy is appalling and un-American, and I will not let it stand in Illinois.
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) July 18, 2019
Democratic Officials Call Border Patrol Keeping Three Minors Off Of The Streets Of Chicago Unaccompanied As ‘Kidnapping’ And ‘Troubling’ https://t.co/DL73rg7DDK
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 19, 2019
.@CBP should not be detaining children to use as bait for their undocumented parents. Glad to be working in a city with such robust support for all its residents. Story via @mizamudio https://t.co/gpduwwsAXK
— National Immigrant Justice Center (@NIJC) July 19, 2019
The girls are age 9, 10, and 13. They are US Citizens.
Customs & Border Protection had been holding them at O’Hare Airport since 3AM.
Reports now that they were just released after protesters showed up at the terminal with signs: “Let the Children Go”https://t.co/53HZnbVscN
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) July 18, 2019
More protesters gather. pic.twitter.com/Jzl7UYxSKt
— Maria Ines Zamudio (@mizamudio) July 18, 2019
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