The recent swell of migrants has prompted the need for additional facilities again. In May, the Border Patrol apprehended nearly 133,000 migrants, according to Customs and Border Protection data, including more than 11,000 unaccompanied children.
After being apprehended by the Border Patrol, unaccompanied minors are generally transferred to HHS custody within 72 hours. HHS then is tasked with finding a sponsor in the United States for the children, meaning, for example, an immediate family member or relative. The average length of stay is 48 days.
Currently, there are around 13,200 unaccompanied children in HHS custody, the majority of whom are male teenagers.