The Obama administration has spent at least $18.5 million to fly “unaccompanied children” caught crossing into the country illegally to parents and relatives inside the United States, according to newly obtained figures.  

The numbers, shared with FoxNews.com by the Senate subcommittee on immigration, were provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in response to questions from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The numbers shed light on the extent of a program that has drawn scrutiny not just from lawmakers but the federal courts, amid concerns the U.S. government is effectively aiding smugglers.

“This shows how fundamentally flawed our approach to immigration enforcement has been in the Obama administration,” a Senate aide who has seen the questions to and answers from ICE Director Sarah Saldana told FoxNews.com.

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RELATED: CAUGHT RED-HANDED: BORDER PATROL PAYING TO SHIP ILLEGALS DEEP INTO U.S.


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