On Friday, Border Patrol agents near San Miguel, Arizona, arrested 93 migrants in a single group moving through the desert. Of the 93, 83 were determined to be unaccompanied children. Of those 83, 70 claimed to be between the ages of 15- and 17-years-old.
Unaccompanied children are becoming more common in the area as large groups surrender. In late August, agents arrested more than 100 unaccompanied children in two large groups within 48 hours.
The number of unaccompanied migrant children arrested by Border Patrol this year eclipsed historical records as overall apprehensions. In Fiscal Year 2021, nearly 1 in 10 migrant arrests involve unaccompanied minors. Fiscal Year 2020 saw only a third of the number of minors. To deal with the volume, Health and Human Services (HHS) opened dozens of temporary shelters since February to house children.
HHS is responsible for receiving the children from Border Patrol