The US government cannot account for nearly 1,500 unaccompanied immigrant children it had placed in the homes of sponsors, but denies responsibility, according to a report.
Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, disclosed the number to a Senate subcommittee last month, CNN reported on Sunday.
Wagner testified that during the last three months of 2017, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children it had placed in the homes of sponsors.
The ORR is a program of the Administration for Children and Families overseeing the care of unaccompanied minors.
Wagner’s statement has attracted more attention amid reports that immigrant children as young as 18 months have been separated from their parents and placed into government-run shelters.
The Department of Homeland Security referred more than 40,000 such children to the ORR during the 2017 fiscal…