HHS: Most Migrant Youths Reunited with Parents in the U.S.

Tim Devaney, The Hill, July 7, 2015

Nine of 10 migrant children detained in the United States after illegally crossing the Mexican border are at least temporarily reunited with family members or friends, government officials testified Tuesday.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has placed six out of 10 unaccompanied minors with at least one parent who was already living in the U.S.

Meanwhile, another three out of 10 children were placed with other family members or friends of family, HHS reports. It is unclear how many of the family members are living in the country legally.

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HHS is ramping up the number of doctors and lawyers available to work with the unaccompanied children. The agency is also stepping up background checks on the families they are placed with while awaiting their deportation proceedings.

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