US agency lacked background checks for some sponsors of migrant children, watchdog says

A U.S. agency responsible for the care of unaccompanied migrant children did not have proof it fully vetted U.S. sponsors for some minors during a period of high illegal crossings from Mexico in 2021, a government report released on Thursday said.

The report, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general, found 16% of child case files in March and April 2021 lacked documentation of sponsor background checks by the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement. In 19% of cases where children were released to sponsors pending FBI or state checks, the case files were never updated with results, the watchdog found.

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