States without Nations: Age Assessments for Unaccompanied Children: Alternative Facts, Policies, and Logic

U.S. officials are unlawfully moving asylum-seeking children from costly shelters into relatively cheaper Immigration and Customs Enforcement jails.  The Deportation Research Clinic has reviewed hundreds of age assessment cases since January 1, 2016.  Among the 205 formal Memorandums of Age Determination coded to date we found ORR officials blatantly misstating the results of medical assessments and official policies.  Along with keeping adults out of facilities meant for minors, officials from the Office of Refugee and Resettlement are placing unaccompanied children into ICE jails.  We found ORR coordinating with ICE, repeatedly violating the policies for placement, and also hurting children’s asylum claims.

Source: States without Nations: Age Assessments for Unaccompanied Children: Alternative Facts, Policies, and Logic