Humanitarian protections have been suspended as the Trump administration carries out wholesale expulsion of most vulnerable migrants.
Deportations of undocumented immigrants rose 4% compared with last fiscal year, while arrests inside the U.S. dropped 10%.
Immigrant advocates say the government is using child welfare rights as a political lever to secure more funding.
The plan to lock up more undocumented kids misses what is really driving migrants, advocates say.
The former White House chief of staff was instrumental in President Trump's immigration policy.
Rep. Ted Deutch released data on the claims amid a hearing on the Trump administration's policy of family separations at the border.
Most were unaccompanied minors or families, officials say.
Children are being turned away at the border and face dangerous, life-threatening situations, experts say.
In the past, unaccompanied migrant children who showed up with a lawyer weren’t turned away from seeking asylum, one attorney said. But now they are.
“Our first master is the due process clause of the Constitution,” one immigration judge said. “We’re going to follow the law.”