The House Oversight Committee’s ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan released an explosive report Thursday revealing that the data the committee has obtained from Health and Human Services shows that 95 percent of illegal immigrant children separated at the border have been reunited with parents or sponsors. Those numbers are based on 1619 children out of 2648 total.
The HHS data, however, is only based on the 1619 they have been able to track and the other 1029 children are currently being processed by the government agency and those numbers will be turned over to the committee once they are compiled, according to congressional sources.
Jordan, R-Ohio, commissioned the report based on the data provided by HHS, slamming Democrats for politicking the serious crisis at the border, which has been exacerbated by rhetoric and failure to change or enforce immigration laws. Republican members say the data provided by HHS to date “contradicts the Democrat narrative that the Trump Administration is neglecting separated children at the border.” The report comes on the heels of a border hearing scheduled today, where Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan is testifying on Capitol Hill. The focus will be the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Data produced by the Administration show that the Trump Administration has reunited most of the children detained at the border”
“The Administration has currently identified to the Committee a total of 2,648 children who were potentially separated at the southern border. To date, HHS has provided data to the Committee for 1,619 of these 2,648 children,” according to the report. “According to a staff analysis of this HHS data, out of the 1,619 children, 1,603—or 99 percent—of the children have been discharged from HHS custody.”
The report defends the Trump administration’s response to the committee, stating that evidence “obtained to date demonstrates, the Trump Administration is responding to an unprecedented surge of migrant children and family units—a surge that initially began in 2014 during the Obama Administration…Data produced by the Administration show that the Trump Administration has reunited most of the children detained at the border.”
As for the other roughly 1,000 children HHS is providing data on these children to the committee on a “rolling basis” a congressional official noted.
“Data is released on a rolling basis, and that data hasn’t either been collected or released yet,” they noted. “But there is no reason to think it will be any different than the other 99 percent who have already been reunited.”
The report also chided Democrat members, saying Democrats would rather “continue to blame the Trump Administration for this crisis, the Committee should consider reforms to fix the root causes of the border crisis—amend the Flores settlement agreement, close asylum loopholes, and change laws that incentivize migrants to make the dangerous journey to the southern border.”
A contentious hearing held July 12, on the border had Democratic members charging the Trump administration with abusing migrants rights on the border. Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings targeted the Trump administration saying family separations were “more harmful, traumatic and chaotic than previously known.”
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reiterated claims that migrant women held at a facility were forced to drink out of toilets. Multiple Border Patrol officials, who spoke both on and off the record, told this reporter that Ocasio-Cortez’s claims are false, stating that most of the facilities are monitored by video and that no such reports have been found.
“Although Democrats allege that 30 children remain separated from their families, these children remain separated largely because either the parents pose a danger to their child or the parents have expressed an intent not to reunify with their child,” the report states.
1. Data shows that the Administration has reunified an overwhelming majority of separated children. (From The Report, read the numbers below)
- The Administration has currently identified to the Committee a total of 2,648 children who were potentially separated at the southern border. To date, HHS has provided data to the Committee for 1,619 of these 2,648 children.
- According to a staff analysis of this HHS data, out of the 1,619 children, 1,603—or 99 percent—of the children have been discharged from HHS custody.
- Of the 1,603 discharged children, 1,546 children—or 95 percent—were either reunified with an individual sponsor or released to a parent.8 Specifically, 1,061 children were released to a parent and 485 children were reunified with an individual sponsor.
- Of the remaining 73 children who had not been reunited with an individual sponsor or released to a parent, HHS provided the following data:
- 16 children remain in the care of HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), of which four children were determined to not have been separated from their parent;9
- 21 children sought a voluntary departure, meaning that the child went back to his or her home country;
- 20 children aged out, meaning that these children turned 18 and by law ORR cannot keep them in their custody;
- 8 children were sent to another migrant program
- 6 children went to a DHS family shelter;
- 1 child was granted immigration relief; and
- 1 child was a runway from an ORR facility.