Border Patrol: 550 Illegal Alien Children in Detention at Border, Running Out of Space

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UPDATED 12:54 PM PT — Tues. June 5, 2018

Border Patrol agents are running out of space in detention facilities for illegal alien children.

Immigration officials said at least 550 children are in custody after being separated from their parents, who broke the law by crossing into the U.S. illegally.

Around 300 illegal alien children have spent more than 72-hours in detention, exceeding the time limit of their stay.

Officials are seeking to send these children to their guardians or to foster care, wherever those are, while their parents are facing legal proceedings.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer helps two young boys pick out clothes as they join hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection placement center. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin, AP)

In the meantime, the United Nations is urging the United States to release all illegals.

“We have in the past encouraged all states to use alternatives to detention for asylum seekers while the claims are processed,” stated William Spindler, spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency. “Detention should be the last resort.”

Some say illegal aliens might be using children to play the immigration system as migrants understand their asylum claims are invalid.

Officials stress that crime and poverty in their home countries are not grounds for asylum in the U.S.

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