Obama Admin. Ships 6,051 Kids to American Communities in October

Brittany M. Hughes | November 28, 2016

So that immigration crisis you never hear about on your evening news? It’s not over. Not by a long shot.

With only a few months left to go before a new president obtains the keys to the Oval Office, the Obama administration released another 6,051 unaccompanied alien children into American communities in the month of October, averaging about 195 kids per day.

According to recent stats released by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, only about 45 percent of all immigration cases opened for unaccompanied minors since July of 2014 have been closed. EOIR data also shows that nearly 40 percent of all illegal alien children ordered to appear before an immigration judge won’t show up for their final court hearing.

Children who come across the border unlawfully and without a parent or guardian are being released at an alarming rate that corresponds with the increasing number of kids currently being apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border. In October alone, Customs and Border Protection reported they apprehended 46,197 illegal aliens crossing into the United States unlawfully via the Southwest U.S. border, including 13,124 members of family units and another 6,754 unaccompanied children.

Apprehensions in October were up by nearly 6,000 individuals from the heaviest month in all of FY2016, when 40,337 illegal aliens were caught back in May.

The number of kids coming across the border has ticked steadily upward over the past several years, garnering national attention in FY2014 when a wave of illegal alien children and families overwhelmed border patrol and created a housing crisis.

So far in FY2017, the number of unaccompanied kids apprehended by border officials is already 37 percent higher than those who were caught in October of last year, and 96 percent higher than those who were caught in October of 2015, according to the most recent data provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  

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