The huge influx of undocumented minors coming into the U.S. includes pregnant minors, many of whom have given birth in the United States.
In 2013, 50 children were born to mothers in U.S. custody, technically making them American citizens, Buzzfeed reports.
Deportations are occurring, but the wait time means that many of these girls have no choice but to give birth in the country, complicating the process of deporting the newly born American citizen.
The number of undocumented minors traveling to the U.S. is rapidly increasing, heightening the likelihood of pregnant undocumented minors entering the country. (RELATED: Gallup: Obama’s Border Meltdown Is Nation’s Top Problem)
“Children born to unaccompanied minors in HHS’ custody are kept with their mothers and placed into foster homes together until they can be reunified with family/sponsors,” reports Ken Wolfe, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman.
Most undocumented immigrants are boys, and as of July 21, there were only three undocumented minors under the age of five in custody.
Currently, there are over 800 undocumented minors at Nogales Placement Center, a processing center in Arizona.