The Biden administration has long touted its success in processing unaccompanied minor children through Customs and Border Protection and, more recently, through Health and Human Services. But a new report from Axios indicates that the United States government has lost track of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children released to sponsors, often relatives, in the U.S., raising questions over where those children are and whether they are protected.
The number of child migrants crossing the United States-Mexico border has continued to set records. In March and April, thousands of unaccompanied children ended up in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, and in August, typically a quiet month for border crossings, border agents took in more than 800 child migrants in a single day — a one-day record for the Department of Homeland Security, per U.S. News and World Report.
Thousands of those children were being held in CBP custody for an extended period of time, but earlier this year, the Biden