So… what kind of a parent puts their child in that kind of a situation? Don’t you think that’s kind of a bit abusive on its own?
In FY 2011, 16,067 unaccompanied children (UAC’s) were apprehended at the Southern border.
In FY 2014, it was over 68,500.
FY 2015 saw a decline-- only 39,970.
FY 2016, back up to 59,692.
UAC’s are defined as:
- children who lack lawful immigration status in the United States,
- who are under the age of 18, and
- who either are without a parent or legal guardian in the United States or without a parent or legal guardian in the United States who is available to provide care and physical custody
Foreign nationals from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico accounted for almost all UAC cases in recent years, especially in FY2014. In FY2009, Mexico accounted for 82% of the 19,688 UAC apprehensions at the Southwest border, while the other three Central American countries accounted for 17%. In FY2014, the proportions had almost reversed, with Mexican nationals comprising 23% of UAC apprehensions and the three Central American countries.
Of the 12,000 kids in US immigration custody last month, 10,000 of them are exactly that: unaccompanied children who have traveled over 2,000 miles across multiple borders.
Of the 12,000 kids, only 2,000 of them are children who came with their families, presumably because kids can’t be safely detained with an adult population. So kids get detained with kids, and adults are detained with adults.
We (the Dept of Health & Human Services) have resettled 7,635 kids from El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras between 10/17-12/17. That’s almost 8k kids in a three-month period, and we spent $1.4 billion to accommodate nearly 41k unaccompanied minors in 2017 . O_o