The calls are required after unaccompanied minors who immigrate to the U.S. illegally are released from Department of Health and Human Services shelters.
- Axios reported Wednesday that data from its FOIA request revealed that calls made to the children or their sponsors to check in on them went unanswered over 33 percent of the time between January and May roughly corresponding to the time Joe Biden has been in office.
- “The purpose of the follow up call is to determine whether the child is still residing with the sponsor, is enrolled in or attending school, is aware of upcoming court dates, and is safe,” according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which handles policy regarding children who enter the U.S. unaccompanied by an adult.
- “The care provider must document the outcome of the follow up call in the child’s case file, including if the care provider is unable to contact the sponsor or child after reasonable efforts have been exhausted.”
- Reasonable efforts exhausted themselves quite frequently in 2021 and it only got worse as the border crisis ramped up.
- Out of 14,600 calls made to check in with minors or their sponsors, 4,890 went unanswered.