REPORT: Unaccompanied Kids Crossing Border Surged by 685 Percent Since 2017

‘If they pay to have their children brought here, they will be quickly reunited and likely remain here indefinitely due to our asylum loopholes…’


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(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 685 percent more unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who illegally crossed the U.S.–Mexico border in February 2019 than it did in April 2017, a few months after Donald Trump became president, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies.

Additionally, the number of UACs who came to ports of entry and were “deemed inadmissible,” due to security concerns, unsubstantiated asylum claims, etc., rose 385 percent between March 2017 and February 2019.

“Foreign nationals living in the United States know that if they pay to have their children brought here, they will be quickly reunited and likely remain here indefinitely due to our asylum loopholes,” said Andrew Arthur, the Center’s Resident Fellow in Law and Policy, who wrote the report.

“As such, it is no wonder that they’re paying criminals to do so. This flow, which is perilous for the minors themselves and overwhelming for our immigration system, will not stop rising until Congress plugs the loopholes driving it.”


The trip that UACs make to the United States is not a beautiful trek for the American Dream. It’s full of abuse and suffering.

Doctors Without Borders reported that more than two-thirds of migrants and refugees said they were victims of violence during the trip. Nearly one-third of women said they were sexually assaulted.

Federal immigration laws prevent Border Patrol agents from detaining UACs until their trial.

So, Border Patrol agents catch UACs, then officials arrange court dates for removal proceedings, but they often do not appear for trial.

UACs did not appear for 50 percent of schedule court appearances, instead opting to ignore U.S. laws.

Arthur concluded the report by noting that the issue will continue to worsen due to the perverse incentives to risk the safety of children for a free pass to the United States, further eroding America’s ability to enforce its immigration laws.

“As the number of UACs increases, Border Patrol will be even more overwhelmed by the processing of those UACs (and family units), Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the immigration courts will be even more overwhelmed by removal hearings for those foreign nationals, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement will be even more overwhelmed by the number of UACs that it must care for and place with sponsors in the United States.”