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A Turnaround in the Migrant Child Crisis

by Axios | Updated on 1.16.19

Data: AP; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

After reaching a record-breaking number of 14,542 migrant children in its custody last month, the Department of Health and Human Services has managed to release more than 3,500 children, according to data collected by the Associated Press from individual HHS migrant child shelters.

Why it matters: While President Trump keeps the government shut down over his demands for a border wall, one aspect of the humanitarian crisis seems to be coming back under control.

The big picture: The controversial tent city in Tornillo, Texas has been closed, but there are still more than 10,000 migrant minors still in HHS shelters — 50% more than there were at the same time last year.

By the numbers: Around 94% of the unaccompanied children were released to sponsors — the majority of which are family members already in the U.S. In addition, 3% were released because they turned 18, and 3% under other circumstances, an HHS spokesperson told Axios.

  • HHS has managed to speed up its process for finding relatives or other families to care for the kids by no longer requiring that every household member of a sponsor family be fingerprinted.
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  • Michael.J.L
    01/16/2019
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    Those children never should have been seperated from their parents in the first place. The trauma they have endured because of this will affect them their entire lives. Trump, his Administration and the GOP do not represent American values. We have become a global pariah.

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  • Al
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    Should have never happened. All responsible must be brought out justice. This was a crime and carried out by people that knew this was wrong. I look forward to holding those responsible to account. Never forget this was a crime against humanity.

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  • Marc
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    01/16/2019
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    Release? To where? .Please release them back over the border with a bus ticket to their home countries. Stop illegal immigration.

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  • eliyak
    Voted Happy
    01/16/2019
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    Finally some good news out of government. Now maybe stop detaining chaperoned minors in the first place unless there are real grounds for concern.

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  • SneakyPete
    01/16/2019
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    🤔 USA SOUTHERN BORDER PARENTAL SCAM 🤔 I’m still curious as to WHY the alleged parents of the children abandoned them once they reached the Southern USA BORDER. OR, as I suspect, that the children were used as a ploy, to get The ADULTS 🧑🏼 across the Southern USA border, then abandon the 👶. SneakyPete..... 🤔🤔🤔🤔..... 1*16*19.....

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  • Tooluser1
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    Remove the incentives Democrats are dangling in front of these criminal invaders and of course fewer will come. Free healthcare, free food and shelter, free this, free that (at taxpayer expense, naturally) and no consequences for violating the border. Hell, we're not even supposed to *acknowledge* their illegal entry by calling it "illegal".

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  • Jeffrey
    Voted Sad
    01/16/2019
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    Children, whether immigrants or not, should not be separated from their parents to make a political point and get things done they only you want done...our children back with their parents and send them back where they came from if you don’t want them here. Simple solution to a problem that shouldn’t even be a problem. Sure they tried to get into the country to make a better life for them and their children but to separate them is inhumane and hateful.

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  • ConflyktedPolitics
    Voted Happy
    01/16/2019
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    Happy for the kids. Too bad we don't know how to tell the difference between an immigrant, asylum seeker, and refugee (nor fact or fiction). Would have saved us a lot of face. Regarding a ton of the weird comments I'm reading out there, I suggest doing some research, first, on the top non-bias sources around the internet, second on the actual facts regarding illegal immigration, asylum statistics, benefits awarded to either (literally two federal breaks out of the dozen are given to undocumented immigrants, for example, both involving a legal dependent), and why this mix up between kids and parents not only happened, but have been happening for decades to begin with. Be smarter than the politicians. We all know it's not hard...

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  • Dave
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    🤔 USA SOUTHERN BORDER PARENTAL SCAM 🤔 I’m still curious as to WHY the government, alleged the parents of the children abandoned them once they reached the Southern USA BORDER. OR, as I suspect, that the children were used as a ploy by the Trump administration to rally his republicans base using the ADULTS 🧑🏼as Terrorist crossing the Southern USA border, then separating and abandon both in the legal system 👶 🧑🏼. 🤔🤔🤔🤔.....

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  • Casey james
    01/16/2019
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    Y’all act like Obama didn’t do the same exact thing.

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  • Cindy
    01/16/2019
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    Hahaha, kids were separated under the Obama administration as well as the current, before the government shutdown the liberal media had people outraged that one child could be separated from their parents (of those that were actually accompanied by their real parents) now they are selling the lemmings on 25% decrease.

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  • Sandra
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    Ok, the Tent City in Tornillo (?) shut down....good!....But, the rest of the Math in this article wasn't encouraging and didn't seem to "add up".

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  • CHAOTUS
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    This should have never happened in the first place. I don't condone illegal immigration, BUT there are laws (both US & international) that provide for proper treatment of asylum seekers. Regardless of your political views, I would pray your concern for the welfare of innocent children would come into play in this crisis. If you're claiming to be a Christian and are still ok with separating children from parents, then you should re-evaluate your choice of religions for you're not following the teachings of your religions name-sake.

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  • Bmarkis
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    There are still far too many in custody who should have never been separated from their families in the first place. I will be happy when they are all released and we stop detaining children like they are criminals and stop separating families seeking asylum.

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  • jayar
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    Send them back immediately. No wait, no lines.

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  • Leon
    Voted Sad
    01/16/2019
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    They are here Illegally through action of their parents. Much like ANYONE incarcerated’s children.

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  • Beth
    Voted Apathetic
    01/17/2019
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    End this policy immediately. The president has not met any requirements set forth by congress or the courts. He has created a constitutional crisis by violating the checks and balances. He must immediately be impeached and removed. He has plunged our country into chaos and instability. This must end before it is too late. Children should not be in concentration camps. Child brain development is fragile and this is causing lasting effects that will not only change the course of these childrens' lives, but also will come back to haunt us for years to come. End this now.

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  • Nick
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    Sickening that this happened. Children are the innocent victims of lifelong psychological harm thanks to this unamerican TRUMP policy. No, Obama did not “do this too”.

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  • Thelma
    Voted Apathetic
    01/16/2019
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    This is good news in that children are not being removed from their parents anymore and some are returning to their parents, but it should have never happened to begin with. Our White House kidnapped children, broke international law, and did nothing to improve the safety of our country.

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  • Bernie
    01/16/2019
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    The same people who caterwaul about poor children rip the heads off 900,000 a year and call it “choice.”

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