The Obama administration has lost track of scores of immigrant children who have been caught crossing into the United States illegally, according to a new government oversight report that found children are sometimes being placed into homes with other illegal immigrants and non-citizens.
Following a massive uptick in the number of immigrant children crossing into the United States, the Government Accountability Office discovered that children are being handed off to individuals who have not gone through vigorous background checks and may have criminal histories.
Regulations do not require that individuals taking custody of these kids “be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States,” according to the report, which has sparked investigations on Capitol Hill into the Obama administration’s handling of these immigrant children.
Federal officials followed up with just 2.2 percent of the children who were released into sponsors’ homes after their apprehension on the border in 2014, according to the study, which disclosed that a total of 53,518 immigrant children were released from federal custody during that time.
Oversight officials found that the Office of Refugee Resettlement has failed to properly track children once they are released and is not keeping complete case files, a situation that is endangering these children and leaving them vulnerable to abuse and trafficking, immigration experts say.
The agency also has failed to monitor the groups it contracts with to ensure that they are providing proper care to these children.
The report was released the day before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that will address “the unaccompanied children crisis.”
Around 125,000 unaccompanied minors from Central American countries have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since 2011. Most came from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Officials expect the number to rise in 2016.
By Adam Kredo of Th Washington Free Beacon
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