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  • "There's such a large pressure on social workers to reunify children quickly, and [while] the protocols of what background checks a sponsor has to go through [have] been reduced, the number of home visits has [also] been reduced," said Caitlin Sanderson, program director at the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project.

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  • "I really think they are doing about as well as they can with the resources they have," she said. "I think the problem is just so much bigger than them that it points to the larger picture and larger immigration reform that needs to happen, and that's not something they have control over."

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