U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports that they are seeing more and more “fake families” coming across the border because they are being told having a family is a free pass for illegals trying to get into the country.
ICE said Monday that the agency had opened 100 cases with more than 25 suspected cases just in the first few weeks of April alone, the Washington Tomes reported.
Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence said that ICE is trying to weed out “fake families using forged documents” to game U.S. immigration policy.
That has created an incentive for adults to abduct or borrow children to make the journey north, hoping to fool border authorities.
“ICE, along with our partners at CBP, remain committed to protecting children by ensuring they are not used as pawns by individuals attempting to gain entry to the U.S. through fraud,” Albence said.
The sad fact is, adults are using children that are not part of their family to sneak into the U.S.A.
In other cases, these illegals also lie about the ages of kids, too, claiming they are under the age of 18 when they are not.
In one April 18 case, authorities say they detected a Honduran man traveling with a 7-year-old child. The man presented a false birth certificate for the juvenile, but ICE says the child was “completely unrelated.”
The man was charged with illegal entry — a misdemeanor — and the child was deemed an Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) and turned over to social workers at the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said agents found one woman who was paid $1,500 per child to bring them back to Guatemala to be used again in future trips,” the paper said, adding that the woman admitted to doing this 13 times.
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