161,000 unaccompanied children at southern US border this year

The Department of Homeland Security estimates up to 161,000 unaccompanied children will arrive at the nation’s southern border this year.

The Washington Examiner reported the information based on recently obtained federal data.

Record numbers

“DHS projections call for approximately 148,000 and 161,000 [unaccompanied children] referrals to [Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement] this year. With monthly projections exceeding those seen in FY 2021,” states an Interior Department document.

The numbers are higher than the 147,975 unaccompanied children in the past fiscal year.

Child trafficking

The report noted that many children arriving alone at the border are taken at the hands of human smugglers who deliver the children there in exchange for payment.

Once the children are taken into custody by Border Patrol they are later placed with an adult sponsor in the U.S., with family members whenever possible.

The open border policies of the Biden administration appear to be fueling increased child trafficking, based on the details in the report.

The unaccompanied children are in addition to surging numbers of illegal migrants as well as an unknown number of gotaways who have entered the nation without being detained.

The new report adds further credibility to calls to crack down on border protection as the current policies appear to be misused and have overwhelmed Border Patrol and the HHS. President Joe Biden may oppose the border wall, but his alternative policies have led to massive numbers of recent migrants entering the nation.

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