Far Fewer Young Migrants Are In Border Patrol Custody, DHS Secretary Says

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers that unaccompanied minors are moving more quickly out of custody and into facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies Thursday at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the department's actions to address unaccompanied migrant children. Source: Graeme Jennings

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told senators on Thursday that in the midst of a surge of migrants trying to enter the U.S., the number of unaccompanied minors in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody continues to fall dramatically.

The total number of young migrants in Border Patrol custody has fallen from nearly 6,000 in late March to 455 as of Tuesday, . And the number of children in custody for longer than

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