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Fri Aug 11, 2017, 10:39 PM

ICE agents have been using kids as 'bait' in order to arrest their undocumented parents

By Gabe Ortiz
Tuesday Aug 08, 2017 · 3:11 PM CDT

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation machine isn’t new. What is new, however, are some of the cruel, demented, and deceptive tactics the agency has been using to sweep up undocumented immigrants, including making arrests at a New York human trafficking court. Some of these new tactics include using children as “bait” in order to arrest their undocumented immigrant parents, something that happened to Mynor Espinoza, an undocumented immigrant originally from Guatemala. According to his attorney Yazmin Rodriguez, “this new practice of luring parents with the sole purpose of tearing them apart from their children is the most despicable and inhumane practice we have witnessed”:

According to his lawyer, Espinoza first attempted to enter the U.S. illegally in 2009. He was caught at the border and returned to his native country, but later that year successfully managed to get into the U.S. with his wife, Dulce. Espinoza has been working as a mason and living in West Haven, and he and his wife now have three young children who were born in the country and are U.S. citizens.

His 9-year-old son, a fourth child who was not born in the country, is also undocumented and was picked up about a year ago attempting to enter the U.S. unaccompanied. Federal officials turned the boy over to his father after Espinoza promised to bring the child to any scheduled immigration hearings and to cooperate with requests from ICE officials.

Rodriguez said Espinoza was requested to come to ICE offices in Hartford to sign some papers for his son, and was immediately arrested when he did so and transferred to detention in Massachusetts.


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