More than 6,000 unaccompanied minors apprehended by immigration authorities were released into the United States last month, according to new government data.
From Daily Caller
The first month of this fiscal year, October, saw 6,051 unaccompanied minors — or an average of about 195 a day — released to sponsors living in the U.S., according to figures released this week by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Most sponsors are family members and in the country illegally themselves.
Nearly every state in the union received unaccompanied minors last month — the only states that did not were Vermont, Montana, Idaho and Alaska.
The top five receiving states were California (824), Texas (781), Florida (574), New York (572) and Maryland (471).
Other states with relatively high unaccompanied minor totals last month include Virginia (428), New Jersey (363), Georgia (184), Louisiana (148), Massachusetts (158) North Carolina (166), Tennessee (152) and Alabama (92).
In recent years the southern border has seen a surge of unaccompanied minors and “family units” from Central America illegally entering the U.S. The pace of illegal migration has increased further in recent months. Many speculate that Donald Trump’s election and fears of a border wall has added to the already substantial northward migration.
Once apprehended by Border Patrol many border crossers are released into the U.S., ostensibly to await immigration hearings. Unaccompanied minors from noncontiguous countries are also granted special protections and placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
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