Concerns over the safety of migrant children were highlighted in a new report that showed at least 12 teenagers have died in the U.S. since 2017.
The New York Times report focused on some of the brutal jobs taken by migrant youth after crossing the border.
— Elena (@helen44767171) February 27, 2023
“The deaths include a 14-year-old food delivery worker who was hit by a car while on his bike at a Brooklyn intersection; a 16-year-old who was crushed under a 35-ton tractor-scraper outside Atlanta; and a 15-year-old who fell 50 feet from a roof in Alabama where he was laying down shingles,” said the jarring February 25 report.
"Unaccompanied minors have had their legs torn off in factories and their spines shattered on construction sites, but most of these injuries go uncounted," it added.
When children cross the border alone, they're sent to Health and Human Services shelters. HHS is supposed to protect these kids from exploitation and release them only to trustworthy adults. But staff say they've been under huge pressure since 2021 to release kids more quickly.
— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) February 25, 2023
"When children cross the border alone, they're sent to Health and Human Services shelters," Times reporter Hannah Dreier tweeted.
"HHS is supposed to protect these kids from exploitation and release them only to trustworthy adults. But staff say they've been under huge pressure since 2021 to release kids more quickly," she added.
BREAKING: @CBSNews has learned that a sixth migrant child died after crossing the U.S. border, an HHS official confirmed Wednesday.
The 10-year-old girl's death had not been previously reported. More tonight, 6:30 p.m. ET
— Angel Canales (@angelcanales) May 22, 2019
The concerning reports of migrant children dying in the U.S. are in addition to ongoing reports of migrant youth dying on the way to the southern border.
Several migrant children have died in recent years during travels to the U.S. Exact numbers are unknown, but are likely higher under the Biden administration as the overall number of migrants pursuing asylum has increased.
More than 4.5 million migrants have crossed the nation's southern border since President Joe Biden entered the White House, leading to numerous problems.
Conservatives are now investigating the Biden administration's handling of the border in the GOP-led House Oversight Committee to determine wrongdoing and propose changes to increase safety.
The efforts are unlikely to help migrant children already working dangerous jobs in the U.S., however, with additional stories likely to emerge as the number of migrants continues to grow.