Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Feds Holding 12,800 Migrant Children In Detention Centers

Feds Holding 12,800 Migrant Children In Detention Centers

Most of the children now detained crossed the border alone with no family.

The federal government said it plans to triple the size of a "tent city" for migrant children in Amarillo, Texas, to 3,800 beds.

According to data provided to Congress - and shared with the Times - there were 2,400 children in federal custody in May 2017.

Mark Greenberg, the former head of the HHS's Administration for Children and Families under the Obama administration, told The Times that not only will the government quickly run out of shelter capacity, but the children themselves will struggle emotionally with the increased amount of time spent in custody.

The increase is not due to an influx of more migrant children, but rather because fewer children are being released into the custody of sponsors.

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.

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 past year. "Even if there's not a sudden influx, they will be running out of capacity soon unless something changes".

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The newspaper obtained these immigration figures from members of Congress.

Facilities like the one in Tornillo are also more expensive to operate, according to Representative Rosa DeLauro of CT, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the shelter program.

"You are flying in the face of child welfare, and we're doing it by design", DeLauro said. The "tent city" in Tornillo, Tex., costs about $750 per child, per day.

Federal authorities said they were dealing with high levels of illegal border crossings and requests for asylum. "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 US border". Since June, the government has put new policies in place requiring fingerprinting for family members and sponsors who agree to be responsible for the children when they are released. Unaccompanied children have traditionally been placed with sponsors such as parents or extended family members upon entering the U.S.

The new data shows the placement process has slowed significantly. By the numbers, that means that potentially 3,000 new unaccompanied minors have been detained by the USA government in the past few months, and have not been released.

But the Trump administration has added an extra step in this process.

Though the Trump administration has argued that fingerprints allow them to more thoroughly vet sponsors, immigration advocates have said that many sponsors are unauthorized immigrants themselves, and have grown too fearful of being identified and deported to risk submitting their fingerprints in order to claim the children.

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