INCLUDING MORE THAN 350 IN SOUTH CAROLINA
A week after S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley told South Carolinians that no illegal immigrants were being housed in the Palmetto State, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has contradicted her claim.
According to data released by the agency, 350 underage illegal immigrants have been placed within South Carolina’s borders since January 1 – although according to Haley the federal government is refusing to provide details on where the children are located.
Wow … guess those rumors we wrote about last week were true.
In a letter released last week, Haley told the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that she was relieved to learn South Carolina would not be used as a “mass shelter.”
Waves of unaccompanied minors are arriving in the United States as a result of three major factors – drug-related violence in Mexico, a lack of border security and accommodative policies from the administration of Barack Obama.
Last year nearly 40,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol. That’s up 59 percent from 2012 and 142 percent from 2011. This year? The total is expected to pass 75,000. And remember, those are just the kids who were apprehended … no one knows how many evaded detection. Or didn’t survive the trip.
According to DHS, these 350 children are staying with “family” or “sponsors” – which hopefully is their way of saying taxpayers aren’t being forced to pick up the tab for their stay. Texas led the nation with 4,280 children placed with families or sponsors since January 1 – while Montana ranked last with only one child placed within its borders over that time frame.
In addition to releasing the data, DHS sought to quell rumors of the children bringing diseases with them to America.
“We ensure that children are vaccinated and medically cleared before placing them with a sponsor,” the agency said. “We do not release any children who have a contagious condition.”