Anyone remember when Jeh Johnson vowed that our borders weren’t open to illegal immigration, or when President Obama promised that anyone who recently crossed into the U.S. from Mexico wouldn’t be allowed to stay?
The lie detector test determined: those were lies.
According to recently released data reviewed by MRCTV, the Department of Homeland released another 52,147 illegal alien kids into the United States in fiscal year 2016, averaging about 149 per day. Processed as “refugees,” these children are in many cases sent to a family member who’s also here illegally.
A total of 5,203 kids were released in September alone, based on the numbers ORR released in August.
Not only is the year-end number shocking in its size alone, it’s also nearly double the number of kids the administration released in FY2015, when 27,840 unaccompanied minors were sent to sponsors in the United States.
FY2016’s total was also just shy of the 53,515 kids released in FY2014, after a massive surge of unaccompanied minors flooded the Southwest U.S. border and quickly overwhelmed a shocked border patrol.
In total, the Office of Refugee Resettlement reports it released 133,502 unaccompanied children into the United States between FY2014 and FY2016, an average of about 122 children per day.
Based on 2015-16 enrollment data, the number of illegal alien kids sent to live in the United States in the last three years would fill up 240 Washington, D.C. public middle schools.
States with the highest influx of unaccompanied children were California, Florida, New York, Maryland, Texas and Virginia. Texas alone has received 17,231 unaccompanied minors sent courtesy of the federal government over the past three years, while California came in a close second at 16,841.
President Obama’s home state of Hawaii, however, has only received 14 kids in that time frame.
While ORR has yet to publish the demographic breakdown of those children released into the U.S. during FY2016, the agency does state on its website that of those released in FY2015, 68 percent were male. Additionally, 68 percent claimed to be between the ages of 15 and 17. Less than one in five children were under the age of 12.
MRCTV reported Thursday that of those children released with a notice to appear before an immigration judge, more than a third don’t show up to court for their final hearing. Additionally, the administration admitted earlier this year that less than four percent of all children sent to sponsors in the United States have been returned home.