The Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released more than 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children to U.S. sponsors in November.
The HHS averaged 179 children released each day in November. During the same period, 366 unaccompanied minors were taken into custody on average per day last month.
As of the end of November, 13,644 unaccompanied migrant children remain in HHS custody. According to the HHS, these numbers do not include children from Mexico who are usually returned upon arrival.
In September, a Congressional Research Service report noted the end of Title 42, a policy that turned away illegal immigrants at the border due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, was a major contributing factor to the surge in numbers in recent months.
“HHS estimates the cost to detain a child is $775 per day. In other long-term facilities, they indicate that cost to be approximately $275 per day.
“Based on these estimates and the number of UACs currently in custody, the cost to the American taxpayer stands at more than $3.4 million daily,” Breitbart News reported.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released more than 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children to sponsors in November 2021. https://t.co/Tydq6RnuDI
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 3, 2021
The situation continues to worsen as large migrant caravans continue to head toward the nation’s southern border. The Biden administration has argued the move is compassionate, but the best thing that could be done to show compassion to Americans could be to close the southern border to illegal immigrants.