HHS: Number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. grew by 450% after DACA

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UPDATED 6:57 AM PT — Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released alarming statistics showing the burden the DACA program has placed on the agency.

According to the HHS, detention centers saw a 450-percent increase in the number of unaccompanied migrant children after DACA was implemented in 2012.

File-This Dec. 13, 2018, file photo shows migrant teens walking inside the Tornillo detention camp in Tornillo, Texas. The nonprofit group running what was once the nation’s largest detention camp for migrant children confirmed it is closing down the facility and the last kids left on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

Statistics show around 8,000 migrant children were provided with government shelter by HHS in 2011, but that number jumped to more than 44,000 following DACA.

The increase came at a big cost to American taxpayers as HHS reported housing just one migrant child costs around $256 a day.

The U.S. is currently housing around 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children.

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