Trump Admin Doesn’t Know Location Of Another 1,500 Migrant Children

Immigrants, mostly women and children are given food, shelter and medical help at the Catholic Charities shelter in McAllen, Texas. Immigrants who have been caught by border patrol are taken to this shelter after bei... Immigrants, mostly women and children are given food, shelter and medical help at the Catholic Charities shelter in McAllen, Texas. Immigrants who have been caught by border patrol are taken to this shelter after being processed by authorities (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 19, 2018 9:21 am
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President Donald Trump’s administration does not know where an additional 1,500 immigrant children — who entered the U.S. illegally and were assigned sponsors — are located, The New York Times reported Tuesday. 

According to a new congressional report, HHS officials were unable to locate 1,488 of the 11,254 children who were moved from federal custody or shelters to the home of a sponsor in this past year. That number was based on follow-up calls the department made to sponsors, according to the Times.

An HHS official pushed back against the congressional report and told the Times that that the kids were not “lost,” but that the sponsors likely just didn’t answer when the call was made.

In April, the Department of Health and Human Services determined it was unaware of the whereabouts of an additional 1,475 children.

Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand HHS’ and individual states’ responsibility for keeping track of migrant children after they’re released from shelters.

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