U.S. to crack down on child smug­gling

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion said Fri­day it will be­gin ar­rest­ing par­ents and oth­ers who hire smug­glers to bring their chil­dren into the U.S.

The new “surge ini­tia­tive” by Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment marks the lat­est get-tough ap­proach to im­mi­gra­tion by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump took of­fice. The gov­ern­ment says the ef­fort aims to break up hu­man smug­gling op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing ar­rest­ing peo­ple who pay smug­glers to get chil­dren across the U.S. bor­der.

“The spon­sors who have placed chil­dren di­rectly into harm’s way by en­trust­ing them to vi­o­lent crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions will be held ac­count­able” said agency spokesman Sarah Ro­driguez.

Chil­dren whose spon­sors are ar­rested will be placed with an­other ver­i­fied rel­a­tive or guardian, or un­der the care of the Of­fice of Refugee Re­set­tle­ment, the fed­eral agency that takes cus­tody of un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors, Ro­driguez said.

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