The number of migrant children detained in federal shelters has increased fivefold to 12,800 — even after the Trump Administration ended it’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, a source said.
The number of detained children has risen from just 2,400 in May of last year and the increase is mostly due to the reluctance of administration officials to allow children to be relocated to sponsors or family members, a source told The Post on Wednesday.
The numbers were first reported by The New York Times.
The Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for resettling the kids, said the children were being kept at the facilities partly due to a risk of being victims of human trafficking.
“HHS, as required by law, seeks to place each unaccompanied alien child in the least restrictive setting consistent with the best interest of the child,” a statement from the department read.
“Because children who enter the country illegally are at high risk for exploitation by traffickers and smugglers, [HHS] maintains high standards for vetting children’s sponsors for the safety and well-being of the child.”
The rapidly expanding number of migrants came to light as the government announced that they are expanding a temporary shelter constructed near the border in Tornillo, Texas.
The facility will grow its tent shelter to 3,800 beds and keep it open through the end of this year.
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