CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A non-profit that represents unaccompanied minors in immigration court may soon see an increase in their case load.
- Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy say they are preparing for more cases
- ICE to perform stricter background checks for sponsors
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Despite President Trump's executive order signed Wednesday to keep families together at the border, there's no word on what happens to children and parents who are currently separated from one another.
The Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy say they've had quite a number of relatives come in to sign up as sponsors.
"Custodians, family members who are trying to get children in detention, out of detention who have been separated from their parents," CCLA attorney Becca O’Neill said.
But those who sign up, including parents, are now subject to more scrutiny. Stricter background checks for sponsors looks at immigration status and includes fingerprinting. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will perform these checks.
"Really concerning considering most of the people who are sponsoring are undocumented, some have temporary protected status,” said legal advocate Stefania Artega.
As the center prepares for this influx, we're told donations can help the non-profit continue to represent adolescents.