Feds holding 12,800 migrant children in detention centers, report says

EL PASO TX July 20 Ariel Romero and his son Jose Romero 7 of Honduras cry outside of the Loretto Nazareth Migrant Shelter in El Paso Texas

EL PASO TX July 20 Ariel Romero and his son Jose Romero 7 of Honduras cry outside of the Loretto Nazareth Migrant Shelter in El Paso Texas

Almost 12,800 immigrant children are now being detained by the US government, a record-high figure spread across 100 federally contracted shelters that is five times higher than the amount held in May 2017, the New York Times is reporting.

This month, 12,800 children were in government-contracted shelters, in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, up from 2,400 in May of previous year. Any new surge in border crossings, which could happen at any time, could quickly overwhelm the system, operators said.

The number of migrant children detained in federal shelters has increased fivefold to 12,800 - even after the Trump administration ended its policy of separating children from their parents at the border, a source said. In June, the Trump administration put into place new policies that required sponsors of children to submit finger prints and announced that they could turn over information to immigration authorities.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement regarding the Times report saying that the number of "unaccompanied alien children apprehended are a symptom of the larger problem, namely a broken immigration system", and that HHS has a rigorous system for vetting sponsors out of concern for children's safety. The Trump administration announced Tuesday they are tripling the size of the shelter.

The newspaper obtained these immigration figures from members of Congress.

At the same time, the Department of Health and Human Services has diverted $169 million from other programs to fund immigrant detention, NBC News reported Wednesday. The shelter was supposed to close after a month, but will remain open through at least the end of the year.

Though Trump has halted the family separations, roughly 500 of the children who were separated in the spring remain in government custody and have not yet been reunited with their parents.

Razer Phone 2 looks the same as the original, leaked image shows
Speaking of which, both grills once again boast the same pattern of holes and the top one features the same sensor arrangement. While we wait for the official unveiling to take place later this year, we have got our hands on a leaked render.

Traditionally, most sponsors have been unauthorised themselves, and therefore are wary of risking deportation by stepping forward to claim sponsorship of a child. The "tent city" in Tornillo, Tex., costs about $750 per child, per day.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for resettling the kids, said the children were being kept at the facilities partly due to a risk of becoming victims of human trafficking.

"That is why HHS joins the president in calling on Congress to address this broken system and the pull factors that have led to increasing numbers at the USA border".

Federal officials say their vetting procedures are created to safeguard the children in their care.

Stories of such behavior have emerged through reporting in recent months as the shelter system has faced intense criticism by members of Congress and the public.

The surge is reportedly due to a slowdown in the government's system for placing children in the care of parents or relatives in the US. Some of those who work in the migrant shelter network say the bottleneck is straining both the children and the system that cares for them. "It increases the likelihood of things going wrong".

Recommended News

  • Mother, infant are first two confirmed deaths from Hurricane Florence

    Mother, infant are first two confirmed deaths from Hurricane Florence

    Duke Energy, a local power company, estimated that up to three million customers could lose their supply as a result of Florence. Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.
    Roxanne Pallett’s secret Celebrity Big Brother game plan REVEALED

    Roxanne Pallett’s secret Celebrity Big Brother game plan REVEALED

    I accept Roxanne's apology and I think that she's suffered enough and I don't want to be a part of that". Ryan also collected his nephew Teddy and baby niece, Elsie Rose, the children of his little brother Adam.
    Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

    Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

    Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.
  • Border official: Canadians entering U.S.  risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

    Border official: Canadians entering U.S. risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

    Owen also said Canadians who tell border agents they work in the marijuana industry risk not being permitted to enter the country. Immigration Attorney Len Saunders says people working in Canada's pot industry could face challenges.

    Hurricane Florence's onslaught threatens disaster in North Carolina

    He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. The National looks at the science behind Hurricane Florence and why it's being called a once-in-a-generation storm.
    Ariana Grande Shares Touching Tribute To Mac Miller

    Ariana Grande Shares Touching Tribute To Mac Miller

    Back in May, Miller and Grande's romantic relationship dissolved after two years. "Malcolm my friend, you will be dearly missed". The 'Self Care'singer was found at his home in San Fernando Valley, California, on 7 September.
  • Hurricane Florence unleashes wrath on U.S. , with worst yet to come

    CoBank, an agricultural lender, estimates damage to North Carolina farming could hit $US1 billion ($1.3b) before the storm slows. But forecasters said its extreme size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.
    Bow Wow opens up about cough syrup addiction

    Bow Wow opens up about cough syrup addiction

    Bow Wow has revealed he was addicted to cough syrup over a decade ago and "almost died" from it. There could not have been anybody more supportive of him being sober than Ariana.
    Australia adds whopping 44,000 jobs in August, a big beat on expectations

    Australia adds whopping 44,000 jobs in August, a big beat on expectations

    That left the underutilisation rate - a sum of underemployment plus the unemployment rate - down 0.4 percentage at 13.4%. August's increase left the total number of employed persons at 12.631 million, a new record high.
  • Trinis in the Carolinas brace for Hurricane Florence

    Trinis in the Carolinas brace for Hurricane Florence

    The Outer Banks will see Tropical-Storm-Force winds today, with winds gradually picking up speed in coastal Virginia. Florence is a Category 2 storm in the Atlantic Ocean with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (169 kph).
    SpaceX announces new plan to send one tourist around Moon

    SpaceX announces new plan to send one tourist around Moon

    Asked whether he'd be the first passenger, Musk - who's also the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. - posted an emoji of a Japanese flag.

    Catholic priests in Germany 'abused thousands of children'

    The Kentucky Attorney General wants to launch a criminal probe into allegations of Catholic clerical sex abuse. Deutsche Welle reported that church authorities pursued only one-third of alleged abusers.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.