The more the days go by, the more criticism that the Biden Administration faces from both sides of the aisle in regards to his botched handling of the illegal immigration crisis at the Mexican-American border. Literally, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens have been flooding the country since President Joe Biden was inaugurated last January.
One of the many criticisms against the Biden Administration’s approach to this issue would be in regards to their insistence on releasing illegal aliens throughout the country after they were apprehended. Of course, one part of the Biden Administration’s plan would be to place these “unaccompanied minors” with sponsors in the U.S. These are children whom the government is supposed to be keeping tabs on, both for their safety and for the sake of the immigration system as well.
However, there is a new report from Axios this week that is now showing that the feds failed miserably in keeping track of these minor illegal aliens. Not only that, but the government has lost track with at least a third of these minors.
Apparently, there is a tremendous amount of illegal aliens that are continually slipping into the United States, and that continues to increase even now in recent months.
In July alone, there were at least 212,000 migrants that were detained along the Mexico border, according to a Washington Post report last month. Moreover, that figure doesn’t include any of the unknown illegal aliens who successfully evaded authorities.
When you account for the migrants detained in July, about 19,000 of them were unaccompanied, according to the Post. This would be in addition to the 65,000 unaccompanied children that were detained during the first five months of 2021.
This tremendous surge in child migrants has prompted the U.S. government to place thousands of kids with relatives or other pre-approved sponsors. This has also prompted the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement to publish an order of preference for the sponsors:
ORR releases children to a sponsor in the following order of preference: parent; legal guardian; an adult relative (brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent or first cousin); an adult individual or entity designated by the parent or legal guardian (through a signed declaration or other documents that ORR determines is sufficient to establish the signatory’s parental/guardian relationship); a licensed program willing to accept legal custody; or an adult individual or entity seeking custody when it appears that there is no other likely alternative to long term ORR care and custody.
The ORR requires that the care providers who place these children with sponsors have the ability to “conduct a Safety and Well Being Follow Up Call with an unaccompanied alien child and his or her sponsor 30 days after the release date” in order to make sure the “child is still residing with the sponsor, is enrolled in or attending school, is aware of upcoming court dates, and is safe.”
These providers are also required to document the calls, including whether or not the provider has the ability to contact either the sponsor or the child.
Axios filed a Freedom of Information Act request for this data after the government had refused the information regarding whether it had actually been making these required monthly follow-up calls.
Come to find out, the situation is actually pretty grim.
According to the data culled by Axios, the first five months of 2021 saw these care providers making 14,600 calls to check in with these released minors and their approved sponsors. However, there were at least 4,890 of these cases where the providers were not able to reach either the child or the sponsor.
These unsuccessful calls grew from 26% last January to an 11% increase in May to 36%, according to Axios.
As the outlet noted, this summer migration surge also “suggests this problem is actually losing track of the released children, and it could be compounded in the months to come.”
Apparently, the data from Axios shows that the government is not making the required check-ins at the needed rate.
Making matters even worse, the data Axios received indicated that the government has not been calling as frequently as it is required to.
“Between President Biden’s inauguration and the end of May, HHS discharged 32,000 children and teens — but the government placed fewer than 15,000 follow-up calls, according to the FOIA response,” Axios said, adding, “In both March and April, the number of kids discharged was twice as high as the number of check-ins calls the following month — indicating that half of the released kids might not have gotten a 30-day call, according to public agency data.”