Trump White House unable to account for nearly 1,500 immigrant children: report

A new report from the New York Times claims the Trump White House is unable to account for close to 1,500 immigrant children.

The results come after a congressional investigation found that the Health and Human Services Department did not know the location of 1,488 children who were placed with sponsors. According to the Times, HHS has placed 11,254 migrant children with sponsors this year. That number was based on follow-up phone calls to sponsors between April 1st and June 30th.

The Times noted that the lack of knowledge of where the kids are located is causing some to fear that they could end up with human traffickers.

HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley said in a statement to the newspaper, “As communicated to members of Congress multiple times, these children are not ‘lost.’ Their sponsors - who are usually parents or family members and in all cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for them — simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made.”

President Trump has faced backlash from both sides of the aisle over his zero tolerance immigration policy that led to the separation of migrant families at the Mexican border.

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