Child migrants in detention in the United States (US) have ballooned five-fold in the past year, resulting in the highest ever recorded number - a clear blow to the democratic ideals and principles of the Republic.
The New York Times, citing US government data, has reported that there are now 12,800 child migrants detained as of September 2018, compared to 2,400 in May 2017.
Accounting for the human crisis proportion of children in government custody, the New York Times report explained:"The huge increases, which have placed the federal system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors."
Yet, the apparent human rights violation of detaining such large numbers of migrant children in the US, is basically a secondary effect of the harsh immigration policy of the Donald Trump administration, which still remains under court order to release the detained.
What has happened across America is that the Trump administration has created a fear of reprisals among migrant communities, resulting in fewer families and sponsors stepping forward to claim children from detention centers.