Illegal Immigrant Children Fail to Appear in Court

Unaccompanied alien children at a holding center in Arizona / AP


Eighteen out of 20 illegal immigrant children failed to appear in court for their immigration hearings in Texas on Tuesday, Dallas News reported.

On average, 46 percent of minors fail to appear to their immigration trials.

The absentee rate was so high that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird rescheduled the court date to Aug. 11, in case the children were not properly notified of the hearing.

These children are a small part of the 100,000 unaccompanied minors from Latin America who have illegally entered the United States in the last two fiscal years.

President Obama has called the immigration surge of unaccompanied minors a "humanitarian crisis." However, he has yet to visit the U.S.–Mexico border during his fundraising trips to Texas and California.