ACLU: Immigrant woman says border agent threatened to put her daughter up for adoption
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A lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) alleged Tuesday that U.S. border officials told a Guatemalan migrant woman who crossed the border illegally that they would put her daughter up for adoption if she sought asylum.

Edgar Salvidar, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Texas, told the Daily Beast that the woman crossed the border illegally with her 12-year-old daughter earlier this month. The woman’s husband had abused both of them and they were seeking asylum, Salvidar said.

The woman, who reportedly told her story to Salvidar last week, turned herself in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB).


Agents reportedly told the woman that she and her daughter could return to Guatemala if she gave up her asylum claim.

However, Salvidar said, the woman was told if she insisted on continuing her case she’d be jailed for a year and her daughter would be put up for adoption.

"In this specific context, where they’re threatening to take a child away and adopting them out to an American family, that was something I had not heard before," Salvidar told the Daily Beast.

A representative for CPB declined to comment to the outlet about the woman’s allegations, citing ongoing litigation.

The outlet noted that Texas law only permits putting a child up for adoption if their biological parents consent or if a judge has terminated their parental rights. 

The allegations come as the Trump administration faces overwhelming bipartisan backlash to its practice of separating migrant families at the border while the adults face prosecution.

President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE signed an executive order last week halting the separations, which were a result of his administration's "zero tolerance" policy of fully prosecuting those who cross the border illegally.

The Department of Homeland Security said it knows the location of the more than 2,000 migrant children separated from their parents under the Trump policy. However, it has not provided a timeline for when those children might be reunited with their families.

Other reports indicated that some parents have been told they would be reunited with their child if they agreed to voluntary deportation.