Hundreds of the 2,000 unaccompanied migrant children currently being held at the Border Patrol facilities are held there after the legal limit of 72 hours & # 39;
- Information obtained by the Washington Post suggests that hundreds of unaccompanied minors are being held by Border Patrol after the 72-hour limit
- According to the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, unaccompanied minors must be transferred to HHS within 72 hours
- Only under & # 39; exceptional circumstances & # 39; a minor can be kept beyond the limit
- Border Patrol has about 250 children in custody who are younger than 12 years
- Six undocumented minors have died in custody since September
Leaked data suggests that hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children currently being held in border surveillance centers are outside the legal time limit.
The report, which was obtained by the Washington Post, also indicated that some of the minors arrested are under the age of 12.
The federal law and courts specifically state that children cannot be detained in detention centers for more than 72 hours after being caught by the border police.
The shocking figures were released a week after it was reported that six undocumented migrant minors have died in custody of US immigration officials since September 2018.
Data obtained by the Washington Post suggested that hundreds of unaccompanied immigrant children being held in custody at border control facilities remain there until after the legal time limit of 72 hours
A woman (pictured) crosses the Rio Bravo in Mexico on the way to the American border. Waves of migrants applying for asylum at border entry points also include unaccompanied minors
Since October 2018, the US border patrol has arrested nearly 45,000 unaccompanied children
The law requires that the children be transferred to the care of the Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office for the Resettlement of Refugees is responsible for providing long-term shelter to minors.
A slow response from the federal government has resulted in detention of underage migrants for an average of four days, a clear violation of the 2008 William Wilberforce Ruffhorization Trafficking in Human Beings Trafficking Act that unaccompanied children must be transferred to HHS within 72 hours & # 39; except in exceptional circumstances. & # 39;
However, the constant flow of migrants along the border between Mexico and the United States has flooded the detention centers of the agency.
A government official told the Washington Post that the number of minors in custody after the 72 hours could be as high as 1,000.
Migrant children rest on cots in a refugee center in Texas
A government official told the Washington Post that 1,000 minors were detained for more than 72 hours in custody, a clear violation of federal law
According to another source, there are more than 250 children under the age of 12 who have been in detention for about six days.
HHS officials confirmed to the Washington Post that the agency is aware of the problem and is working to put the children in shelters.
The agency also said that it is only the responsibility for the children who were once arrested by Border Patrol.
However, officials from the Department of Homeland Security indicated that the minors are not being taken quickly to the shelters by the HHS.
Since October 2018, the Border Patrol has arrested nearly 45,000 unaccompanied children. There were 13,200 unaccompanied minors in custody from 19 May.
DailyMail reached for CBP and HHS for comment.
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