REVEALED: Biden administration has lost track of one in three migrant children who have crossed the border and put in care during the biggest spike in crossings in history
- Biden’s administration lost track of thousands of unaccompanied minors released from custody in the first five months of 2021
- One in three released minors or their sponsors haven’t answered check-in calls
- A FOIA request revealed of the 14,600 required calls made January-May, only 4,890 were successful in reaching the minor
- Calls are being made a much lower rate than required as 32,000 minors were released from U.S. custody since Biden’s inauguration
- Record numbers of illegal migrant encounters have happened since Biden took office with a new 21-year high in July with 212,672 encounter that month alone
The Biden administration is increasingly losing touch with migrant children released from government custody after illegally crossing the southern border, with one in three going unaccounted for in May.
As the number of illegal migrant crossings and apprehensions rises, so does the number of minor migrants who are released from government custody into sponsor or guardianship custody. Of the 14,600 required check-in calls made in the first five months of 2021, Axios reported Wednesday that it found in a Freedom of Information Act request only 4,890 were successful in reaching either the minor migrant or their sponsor.
From January to May, care providers tasked with checking in on minor migrants’ status made 14,600 calls to those released from Health and Human Services shelters, but in 4,890 of those instances, they were unsuccessful in reaching the migrant or their U.S. sponsor.
Migrants who cross the border without parents or guardians are usually released from government custody to a relative in the U.S. or another vetted sponsor.
Joe Biden’s administration has lost track of thousands of unaccompanied minors released from custody in the first five months of 2021 as one in three have not answered the 30-day check-in calls
In January, 26 per cent of check-in calls went unanswered, and the unsuccessful calls rose to 37 per cent in May.
In 2018, at the height of criticism over the past administration’s handling of illegal border crossing, Trump received backlash for not being able to account for 1,500 children released from HHS shelters during a three-month period.
More than 65,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico illegally in the first five months of 2021, with July likely to set another record as the total number of encounters continued to rise.
In July, Customs and Border protection encountered 212,672 migrants illegally crossing the southern border. This figure set yet another 21-year-high after several months of increases in crossings.
The figure for August has not yet been released, but is again expected to surpass the month’s past of Biden’s administration.
Earlier this year, reports emerged of HHS and other holding facilities’ abhorrent conditions for children, including undercooked and spoiled food, limited outdoor time and restricted shower access.
The latest data from the FOIA request shows that while HHS discharged 32,000 minors from Biden’s inauguration to the end of May, government placed less than 15,000 calls to check-in 30 days after they were released.
Holding facilities became inundated with unaccompanied minors earlier this year, leading to Health and Human Services setting up multiple emergency facilities before releasing them into custody of a relative or sponsor in the U.S.
Record numbers of illegal migrant encounters have happened since Biden took office in January. A new 21-year high was hit in July with 212,672 encounter that month alone
This indicates that the follow up calls aren’t happening as frequently as they are required.
Another obstacle involved with releasing children into the care of sponsors is the vetting process.
A mid-August Bloomberg Law report revealed there are government probes into whether dozens of unaccompanied migrant teens were sent to work in agricultural processing facilities after inadvertently being released to labor traffickers.
In 2014 migrants were released to these traffickers and forced to work on an egg farm.