Homeland Security: There Are Still More Than 15,000 Migrant Children In United States Custody

By Emily Zanotti | The Daily

The United States is still holding more than 15,000 unaccompanied migrant children, apprehended at the United States border, in custody in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities across the country, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security issued Monday.

DHS and HHS now say there are 15,467 kids in U.S. custody, most of those — 13,663 children — are in the custody of Health and Human Services, living in long-term residential facilities that are now the subject of official complaints. So far, just around 650 children have been transferred out of HHS care, into the custody of relatives living in the United States.