Over just two months, the Obama administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement has released more than 12,670 unaccompanied minors — apprehended illegally entering the United States — into communities throughout the country.
According to newly released ORR data, during the first two months of this fiscal year — October and November — officials placed 12,674 unaccompanied minors with sponsors in cities and towns across the U.S., ostensibly to await immigration hearings. Sponsors are often family members — many of whom are reportedly in the U.S. illegally themselves.
If this pace — of nearly 208 unaccompanied minors released per day — continues through the rest of FY 2017, the tally will dramatically exceed the 52,147 released last fiscal year and the 53,515 released in FY 2014. ORR released another 27,840 in FY 2015.
So far this fiscal year, ORR has released unaccompanied minors into nearly every state in the union. Vermont and Montana are the only states that, to date, have not received unaccompanied minors.