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Trump’s Administration Loses Track of 1,500 Migrant Children

Tijuana, Mexico May 2, 2018. A migrant child stands in front of the floor drawings at the El Chaparral Border Crossing. Almost 72 hours have past since the Migrants Caravana took up camping at the El Chaparral Border Crossing hoping for a chance to request asylum in the USA.

Back in April this year the Trump Administration admitted that The Department of Health and Human Services lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children it placed with sponsors in the United States. Most of the children are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and were fleeing drug cartels, gang violence and domestic abuse.

The children were taken into government care after they showed up alone at the Southwest border. The agency learned the 1,500children could not be found after making follow-up calls to check on their safety. The children were taken into government care after they showed up alone at the Southwest border.

Speaking about the Trump Administration​ and the Department of Health and Human Services Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota said “You are the worst foster parents in the world. You don’t even know where they are,”

“We are failing. I don’t think there is any doubt about it. And when we fail kids, that makes me angry.”

Since the news broke, it has generated increasing public outrage over “missing children” and “toddlers being torn from their parents’ arms” on Twitter comments with the hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren.

The Trump administration is pushing back against news reports that it has lost track of almost 1,500 immigrant children who came to the United States as unaccompanied minors.

“The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program was never intended … to be a foster care system. With more than 10,000 children in custody … the program has grown vastly beyond its original intention. HHS’s primary legal responsibility is to temporarily house and then release the UAC,” Steven Wagner, acting assistant assistant secretary at the Administration for Children and Families, told reporters in a Tuesday briefing.

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