America struggles with protecting unaccompanied minors at border
While illegal crossings at the southern border are down, the Biden administration continues to struggle with thousands of unaccompanied minors reaching the U.S. every month, with many of those children being labor trafficked inside the U.S.
In the 2023 fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol agents are on pace to encounter nearly 100,000 unaccompanied minors at the southern border. Last month, over 7,000 unaccompanied minors were encountered at the border.
Currently, there are 6,632 unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).