A great number of unaccompanied children surged across the U.S.-Mexico border during the last two years of the Obama administration, thousands of whom were delivered to households headed by illegal aliens.
During the two-year period, immigration officials transferred over 100,000 youths — mostly from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala — to the custody of illegal aliens, and 36 percent of the children never appeared for their scheduled court hearings.
A new analysis of the crisis involving unaccompanied alien children (UAC) from the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that only 25 percent of those who did go to court were given permission to remain in the U.S.
“From FY 2014 – FY 2016, 106,802 UACs were placed in illegal alien households throughout the country as a result of Obama administration policies. Approximately 13,000 of these minors skipped out on their immigration court hearings. This represents 36 percent of the cases completed. Of those whose cases have finished, a mere 25 percent have qualified for permission to stay.”
Jessica Vaughan, policy director for the Center, asserted that the Obama administration’s policy of placing the children ultimately hurt them, sometimes by delivering them into gangs and the sex trade.
“The Obama administration policies on the surge of youth and family arrivals from Central America has been a failure and a disaster, not only for communities where they have settled, but often for the kids, too, as many have fallen prey to abuse, exploitation, and conscription into gangs,” Vaughan said.
“All the Obama administration cared about was releasing the kids from custody, leaving schools, police, and immigration courts to deal with the problem. The solution has to be to deal with the cases at the border, and to hold family members who have broken our laws responsible for their choices.”
The report’s author, Joseph J. Kolb noted that federal authorities are often unable to contact the illegal guardians of the youths, some of whom are the parents of the children.
“A significant share of sponsors and youths have not been reached in follow-up phone calls from ORR,” Kolb wrote. “Nine percent of parental sponsors, 15-18 percent of non-parental sponsors, and less than half of the youths have been reached in these calls. The compliance rate of UACs housed with illegal sponsors is not tracked.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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