The thousands of undocumented minors in U.S. detention facilities includes an unknown number of pregnant teenaged immigrants.
The pregnant minors have been moved into longer-term shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services in order to provide federally funded health care.
As many as 90,000 undocumented minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are expected to enter the United States this year. The rush of children, many of whom are trafficked by drug cartels and other criminal organizations, has become not only a strain on the asylum process but a political nightmare for the Obama administration.
It is unclear how many of the minors are pregnant and now in HHS custody, and HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Friday that the department does not have “available” statistics on the number of pregnant minors housed in HHS facilities.
But Wolfe confirmed the department, which is tasked with overseeing the flood of immigrants, moves pregnant girls to permanent shelters, rather than the temporary detention facilities that most of the undocumented children are in.