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#WhereAreTheChildren: Over 1,500 Children Detained By ICE Unaccounted For

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There has been a lot of public outcry for children who were seperated from their parents while attempting to cross the U.S border who are now unaccounted for.

The information was made public April 26 when Steven Wagner, the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families (ACF) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), testified at a Homeland Security subcommittee oversight hearing.

Wagner oversees the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)–which coordinates care and placement of unaccompanied immigrant children.

Wagner testified that HHS had been unable to reach over 1,500 immigrant children after ORR placed them with sponsors.

40,810 children were referred to ORR from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2017. In 2018, ORR received 21,574 referrals.

94 percent of ORR’s referred children came from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Read Wagner’s full testimony here:


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