Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) show that the number of unaccompanied alien children resettled across the United States is up 87 percent, from 27,840 in fiscal year 2015 to 52,147 in fiscal year 2016.
The statistics were current as of Oct. 12, 2016, according to ORR. Fiscal year 2015 is from Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal year 2016 is from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016.
“When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR),” according to the website. “Federal law requires that ORR feed, shelter, and provide medical care for unaccompanied children until it is able to release them to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings. These sponsors live in many states.”
Statistics provided also show the number of unaccompanied alien children – referred to as “unaccompanied children” on the ORR website – according to the states where they were resettled.