April 30, 2019
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday that it is shifting its resources to deal with the influx of “fake families” arriving on the U.S-Mexico border.
“Fake families are being formed to cross our border and avoid detention. ICE [Homeland Security Investigations] is working with [Customs and Border Protection] to stop individuals, networks and organizations facilitating child smuggling and document fraud to illegally enter the U.S.,” ICE tweeted on Monday.
The agency stated that it is moving experts to the border to investigate child smuggling, and it will be using science data to “dismantle” the child trafficking rings employed by human smugglers working in Central American and Mexico. The announcement came on the same day as a media appearance by the agency’s acting director.
“What we’re currently doing is surging resources from ICE’s Homeland Security investigations to the border. We’re sending human trafficking experts, document fraud experts, forensic interviewers, victim assistance specialists, because our first and primary goal is the safety and security of these children,” said Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence during an appearance of Fox and Friends.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 2:55 am