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Congressional Research Service (CRS)


Unaccompanied Alien Children: A Processing Flow Chart

Lisa Seghetti, Section Research Manager (, 7-4669)

July 16, 2014 (IN10107)

[full-text, 3 pages]


Within the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, several agencies are

involved in apprehending, processing, placing, and repatriating unaccompanied alien children (UAC).

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehends, processes, and detains the majority of UAC arrested

along U.S. borders. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) physically transports UAC from CBP to

the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody. ORR is

responsible for detaining and sheltering UAC who are from non-contiguous countries and those from

contiguous countries (i.e., Canada and Mexico) for whom there is a concern that they may be victims

of trafficking or have an asylum claim, or who do not desire to return to their country voluntarily, while

they wait for their claim to be processed or for an immigration hearing. U.S. Citizenship and

Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for the initial adjudication of asylum applications and

processes trafficking petitions filed by UAC. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (i.e.,

immigration courts) in the U.S. Department of Justice conducts the immigration proceedings that

determine whether the UAC is allowed to remain in the United States or is deported to his or her home

country. If a UAC is ordered removed or chooses to voluntarily depart from the United States, ICE is

responsible for returning the alien to his/her home country. For an overview on this topic, see CRS

Report R43599, Unaccompanied Alien Children: An Overview.



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