A new report shows that more than 2,000 illegal immigrant children arrive in the U.S. every month, the National Review reports.
Upon reviewing statistics from the Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Immigration Studies found that more immigrant children have entered the country this fiscal year than at this point in fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
The report shows that 85 percent of the children crossing the border are teenagers and are mostly boys. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported it has encountered children from 27 different countries so far this year. The agency is in charge of taking custody of illegal immigrant children.
Jeh Johnson, secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, testified before the House Appropriations Committee that “The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the southern border, month-to-month, are the lowest it has been in several years.”
“As of March 15, 2015, the total number for the fiscal year is 43 percent less than it was the same time last year,” Johnson said.
But Johnson’s written testimony is not fully supported by the charts included with it.
A chart showed that more children were booked into the custody of ICE between January and February of this year than during the same time frame in 2012 and 2013.
The chart also showed that there was a surge in the number of children that crossed the border during this time last year; the number peaked at 9,000 in June.
The Center for Immigration Studies claims that fewer than 200 illegal immigrant children are deported by ICE each month.
Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officials say they expect another influx of immigrant children attempting to cross the border this summer and have already begun preparing to deal with the scenario.
Source: The National Review
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