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Your questions about the U.S. losing 1,500 migrant kids, answered

A Honduran mother holds her son, 7, after she turned her family in to U.S. Border Patrol agents on December 8, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas.
A Honduran mother holds her son after she turned her family in to U.S. Border Patrol agents near Rio Grande City, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

Last month a top Health and Human Services Department official testified that almost 1,500 migrant children are unaccounted for after being placed with sponsors by the department.

Why it matters: This comes as the administration is heightening crack down on migrants crossing the border, including the separation of families. Reports about the unaccounted minors have also raised concerns that they could be in the hands of human traffickers or being used as laborers by people who posed as relatives.