Thousands Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Expelled At U.S. Border

Sep 11, 2020

 About 8,800 unaccompanied children have been quickly expelled from the United States along the Mexico border under a pandemic-related measure that effectively ended asylum.

File photo: Children traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America to the US are pictured under a plastic tarp at a camp near the San Ysidro checkpoint in Tijuana, Mexico
Credit REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

The disclosure came Friday in the government's appeal of an order to stop using hotels for long-term detention of children. The Trump administration has also expelled more than 7,600 people who came in families since the public health emergency order took effect in March. The administration has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling that found use of hotels skirted fundamental humanitarian protections.