Caroline May, Breitbart, November 4, 2015
More than 81,000 unaccompanied minors have been released to sponsors inside the U.S. over last two years, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S.-Mexico border has experienced a surge in unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally over the past couple years. As the HHS data reveals, most of these unaccompanied minors have been relocated to states around the U.S.
In FY 2014 Border Patrol apprehended more than 68,540 unaccompanied minors attempting to illegally enter the U.S. via the southern border. Another 39,970 unaccompanied minors were apprehended illegally crossing the border in FY 2015. Most of these minors are from Central America–largely from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Unaccompanied minors from noncontiguous counties are granted special protections, including a court hearing and access to the U.S. under the care of a sponsor while they await those hearing. The government places the vast majority of these unaccompanied children with a relative in the U.S.