HHS Delivers Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Children to Illegal Alien Parents in U.S. | CNS News

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(CNSNews.com) — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal office responsible for alien children who illegally cross the U.S. border without a parent or legal guardian, regularly hands these children over to illegal alien parents or sponsors already in the United States after processing, according to an on-the-record statement from an HHS spokesperson.

Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director of public affairs for the department’s Administration for Children and Families, told CNSNews.com in an email, “Under the law, we have a legal responsibility to place children in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child. We try to place the child with a parent if possible, and if that is not possible, with a relative.”

“We do not restrict placements based on the immigration status of the parent or other sponsor,” Wolfe added.

Since the start of the 2014 fiscal year beginning last October 1, more than 66,000 illegal alien children have crossed the Southwest U.S. border without a parent or legal guardian, according to the most recent report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The vast majority stem from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico.

Once apprehended by border control, children from Mexico are sent back across the border per an agreement between the federal government and the government of Mexico and outlined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. The rest are turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services for processing.

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