Illegal immigrant children have now been flown and bussed to all 50 states and the Virgin Islands. A new U.S. Health and Human Services report reveal unaccompanied children placement on a state-by-state basis. Many taxpayers did not even realize an Office of Refugee Settlement existed in our federal government until the illegal immigrants report was made public this week.
Angst over the amount of taxpayer dollars being spent on the feeding, medical aid, and airplane rides for the individuals which crossed the Texas border illegally is readily apparent on many social media websites. When an illegal immigrant child enters the United States without a parent or guardian, the unaccompanied children is transferred into the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement – ORR.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, about one-third of the 65,000 illegal immigrants that have crossed the border so far this year, are children. A significant portion of the “children” are 12 to 17 year old boys, according to a Pew report based on government statistics. Border Patrol agents can only take the work of young men who claim to be 17, instead of possibly 18, 19, or even 20, when the individuals are captured or surrender themselves. Since there is no way to prove even the correct names of many of the illegal immigrants, rebuking an age claim is virtually impossible.
Excerpt from Office of Refugee Resettlement illegal immigrant children placement policy:
“Ensuring that a potential sponsor can safely and appropriately care for the child is a top priority. A background check is conducted on all potential sponsors, and steps are taken to verify a potential sponsor’s identity and relationship to the child. In some cases where concerns are raised, a home study is done. Before children are released to a sponsor, they receive vaccinations and medical screenings. We do not release any children who have a contagious condition. The sponsor must agree to cooperate with all immigration proceedings. Ensuring the privacy and safety of children is of paramount importance. We cannot release information about individual children that could compromise the child’s location or identity.”
The constantly stated privacy concerns concerning even the transfer of illegal immigrants into a state have angered a multitude of governors and other elected officials. Once released into the community, state and local leaders, and by extension the taxpayers, could ultimately be forced to add them onto their sponsors’ welfare and food stamps handouts and enroll the children into public school. Classroom overcrowding and the inability to properly educate non-English speakers are often cited concerns. While border states may already have teachers who speak fluent Spanish, areas like rural Ohio and Iowa most likely do not.
Illegal Immigrant Children State-by-Stage Placement
The statistics reflect placements from January 1 to July 7, 2014
State Number Released
New Hampshire 13
New Jersey 1,504
New Mexico 18
New York 3,347
North Carolina 1,191
North Dakota 4
Rhode Island 119
South Carolina 350
South Dakota 21
Virgin Islands 4
West virginia 10
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