CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - Three young girls who were held by customs agents at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after a flight from Mexico Thursday morning have been released.
WBEZ radio reports the girls are ages nine, ten, and 13. They were reportedly detained by customs agents after the cousin they were with was not allowed into the country.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker called the situation "appalling and un-American."
Customs officials say they were just waiting for the girls' parents to pick them up.
I've spoken with area officials from CPB and confirmed that the three American children have been released. Using children as pawns to advance a racist and xenophobic immigration policy is appalling and un-American, and I will not let it stand in Illinois.— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) July 18, 2019