Attorney: Barriers keep 7 immigrant children in Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -

The attorney representing seven immigrant children who are still in the care of a Kansas nonprofit after being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border says policies recently put in place by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement are barriers to reuniting them with their families.

Immigration attorney Clare Murphy Shaw said Wednesday one holdup in a Kansas case is a backlog in processing the parents' fingerprints. In that case, the child has been waiting at least three weeks since the mother was released from detention.

Another common barrier is the $1,000 or more in airfare for the child and an accompanying adult to travel from Kansas. A new policy requires it be paid by the parents.

Some parents are also waiting to see what happens with their own asylum claims.

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