Democratic Officials Call Border Patrol Keeping Three Minors Off Of The Streets Of Chicago Unaccompanied As ‘Kidnapping’ And ‘Troubling’
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Chicago O’Hare airport kept three minors for over 12 hours until a parent came to pick them up after the adult female they were traveling with was deemed “inadmissible” on Thursday.
- CBP told the Daily Caller News Foundation that multiple attempts were made to contact the parents of the children, and the mother told reporters she changed her plans to pick up the children in the morning because she was scared.
- Democratic officials called the situation “troubling” and referred to it as “kidnapping.”
Democratic officials called a situation in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection prevented three minors from roaming Chicago unaccompanied “kidnapping” and “troubling,” despite a law requiring the agency do so.
An “adult female” was traveling with three children, ages 9, 10 and 13, Thursday from Mexico to Chicago. The female was deemed “inadmissible” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, CBP told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The children were held at the Chicago O’Hare airport for more than 12 hours until a guardian picked them up. The adult female is the children’s cousin, WBEZ reported. The cousin and children’s names were not reported, and neither was the cousin’s age.
“CBP was doing everything in their power to unite these children and their parents instead of turning them over to Child Protective Services,” a CBP spokesperson told the DCNF.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers have attempted numerous times today to reach family members to pick up the children,” a statement from CBP read, WBEZ reported. “As of 2 pm [central time] CBP Officers are still awaiting a legal guardian to arrive and pick the children up.”
The cousin was ordered to return to Mexico, and the children, all U.S. citizens, were kept by U.S. Border Patrol until a parent came to pick them up. The children were provided food and water while at the airport, CBP said, according to WBEZ reporter Maria Ines Zamudio.
CBP wrote that there were “false reports” about them “detaining 3 US citizen children,” stating that “by law, they could only be released to a parent/guardian.” (RELATED: CBP Chief Said Democratic Rhetoric Fueled Attempted Terrorist Attack On ICE Facility)
“Detained has now become a word associated with migrants,” a CBP told the DCNF. “The children were being held until a legal guardian could arrive. Minor children could not be left to the own vices.”
Democratic Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky flew to the airport to see what was going on, and said the government shouldn’t “kidnap” children, according to Zamudio.
“I feel that it’s a kind of kidnapping of children by our government, and I’m really fed up with what we are doing,” Schakowsky said according to the Chicago Tribune. Schakowsky said that the cousin traveling with the children had a valid visa, but this was not confirmed.