A total of 61,000 unaccompanied minors (UAC) have entered the United States in the last 10 months since October 2018, immigration officials said.
This number is even higher than the 59,170 children who entered the country in 2016, the Washington Examiner reported.
Jonathan H. Hayes, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Human Services (DHS), said that, on average, a maximum of 13,700 children and a minimum of 11,000 have been taken into custody.
"The number of UAC entering the United States during this fiscal year has risen to levels we have never before seen," he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
These numbers attest to the serious crisis affecting the southern border, but officials assure that all minors are being adequately cared for.
In fact, Brian S. Hastings, head of enforcement operations for Customs and Border Protection, said that, contrary to what some Democratic leaders have said, "there has never been a shortage of food or hygiene items."
"Border Patrol has invested over $230 million in humanitarian support such as consumables, including meals, snacks, baby formula, shampoo, diapers, and other hygiene items; enhanced medical support; and increased transportation services," the official said.
"The temporary structures are weatherproof, climate-controlled and provide areas for eating, sleeping, recreation, and personal hygiene," he added.
Hastings explained that the facilities include showers, chemical toilets and sinks, mattresses, closets, electricity, kitchen equipment, and other utilities.