The following information was uncovered by a friend of McHenry County Blog from a January 29, 2014, Request for Proposal from ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement part of the Department of Homeland Security:
“ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is seeking the services of a responsible vendor that shares the philosophy of treating all UAC with dignity and respect, while adhering to standard operating procedures and policies that allow for an effective, efficient, and incident free transport.
The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year.
Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles.
There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air.”
“How did ICE know they were expecting 65,000 children?” is the question that my friend asked.
A good question.
Here’s what started the conversation on McHenry County Blog, a press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:
In response to a request for more information, Hultgren’s staff send the following memo:
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Here is an article about the wave of child immigrants that might be of interest.