President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services released another 4,949 illegal alien children to sponsors in the United States in August, averaging out to about 160 children released per day.
According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Obama administration has released a total of 46,944 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border unlawfully over the past year. With the current fiscal year set to end on Sept. 30, the administration will likely exceed 50,000 releases – close to the number of unaccompanied minors ORR released during the illegal immigration surge in 2014, when 53,515 children were sent to sponsors in the United States.
Those children released this year will also nearly double the number released in FY2015, when 27,840 children were permitted to stay in the United States.
States with the largest federally-sponsored influx of unaccompanied minors include California (6,691), Texas (5,937), Florida (4,749), New York (4,438), Maryland (3,446) and Virginia (3,370).
By ORR’s data, a total of 128,299 UACs have crossed the border illegally and been sent to live in the United States over the past three years. Roughly 70 to 80 percent of these children are between the ages of 15 and 17, according to their claims, while all but about 4 percent are from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. A little more than two-thirds are male.
These children are separate from the more than 9,500 applications the Obama administration has received from U.S.-based parents seeking to bring their Central American children to the United States via the president’s Central American minors program. Secretary of State Jeh Johnson recently announced the program, originally touted as a safe pathway to the United States for children, has been expanded to include parents, relatives and children over 21.