Wasserman Schultz wants to stop Trump administration from deporting sponsors of immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wants to overturn a Trump administration policy under which potential sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children being held by the government are arrested and deported.

Even without the policy, Wasserman Schultz said the children are languishing too long in government facilities. With it, children are stuck even longer, either because their sponsors are deported or they’re afraid to come forward to help the children because they fear becoming ensnared in the immigration system.

“The mere threat of arrest prevents other potential sponsors — many of whom are close family members to the detained children — from coming forward to give these children a home. This cruel betrayal hurts too many innocent children, and it must not continue to obstruct the reunification of families,” Wasserman Schultz said in a written statement.

On Thursday, the Broward/Miami-Dade County Democrat is introducing the Families, Not Facilities Act of 2019.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, is sponsoring the proposal in the Senate.

From late July through late November, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement arrested 170 potential sponsors of unaccompanied minors who were in government custody.

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