Attorney: Barriers keep 7 immigrant children in Kansas


National News

July 11, 2018 - 11:00 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Seven immigrant children who are still in the care of a Kansas nonprofit under contract with the federal government after being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border face bureaucratic barriers to reunification that range from a backlog in processing their parents’ fingerprints to the cost of airfare, the attorney representing the children said Wednesday.

“I am frustrated by the policies that the (Office of Refugee Resettlement) has put in place that are barriers to these families,” said immigration lawyer Clare Murphy Shaw.

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has expanded the number of people they require to be fingerprinted before receiving children released from the care to the point that there are now backlogs to getting fingerprinting appointments, Shaw said.

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