They’re here. We’re just not sure where.
Illegal immigrant children at a facility in Texas. (Breitbart Texas)
In July the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement released figures on the number of unaccompanied minors released to US sponsors.
According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement 30,340 illegal immigrant children were secretly released to sponsors across the United States in the first six months of this year. That number has increased by 7,000 in the month of August to 37,477.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) released information on the numbers of illegal immigrant children released to sponsors in the United States from January 1 until July 31, 2014. The COC reported the information on a county by county basis. The total at the end of July was 29,890.
However, the list looks incomplete.
According to the COC a total of 29,890 children were released to sponsors so far this year. The list omits numbers from Alaska, Missouri, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement says 37,477 illegal children were released to sponsors so far this year.
According to the National Review 85,000 illegal immigrant children have been apprehended so far this year. This means around 47,000 illegal immigrant children are missing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show more than 85,000 total apprehensions of unaccompanied alien children during fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 through June. Information from the same time period provided to National Review Online by the DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review shows 41,592 total receipts marked as juvenile in immigration courts. Kathryn Mattingly, spokesperson for EOIR, tells NRO the receipts refer to new Notices to Appear (NTA) — the document the Department of Homeland Security uses to charge an illegal immigrant with being removable from the United States.
EOIR has recorded 20,814 receipts marked as juvenile in fiscal year 2014 as of June 30, but Border Patrol recorded 57,525 apprehensions of unaccompanied alien children during the same time frame. This means immigration courts have receipts for fewer than four out of every ten unaccompanied alien children apprehended by Border Patrol this fiscal year.
So where did the other 50,000 children disappear to?
We know they were not sent back so where are they?