The Joe Biden administration has been working on COVID-19 relief efforts and the media has been focussing on their work while the immigration crisis on the Southern US border has been increasing. Border patrol facilities were housing over 4000 children on March 15. By 22 March, the number has reached 15000 children who are undocumented and are officially in U.S. Custody. The Department of Homeland Security has a document that was obtained by Axios which states that there are 823 minors who are unaccompanied and are in Border Patrol Custody. They have been in custody for over 10 days. The law states that they cannot be held for more than three days.
The U.S. Public is not very happy with how Biden’s government is handling the surge of migrants that are asking for refuge at the U.S. – Mexico border. The current regime has reopened a children detention center in Texas, which is popularly known as the Cadillac of migrant children centers. It has discussed plans to open more for-profit child detention centers in Florida and has restricted information sharing with the media by section chiefs and Border Patrol agents. It seems that Biden’s promise to “restore humanity and American values to our immigration system” was only a campaign gimmick.
The Daily Beast reported that 3314 children who were unaccompanied were held for more than three days and 2,226 children were held for more than five days.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted on 19th March “Just left the border processing facility. 100s of kids packed into big open rooms,” He had been to visit the border. Sen. Murphy also tweeted, “In a corner, I fought back tears as a 13 yr old girl sobbed [sic] uncontrollably explaining thru a translator how terrified she was, having been separated from her grandmother and without her parents.” The Senator later clarified that the child was not forced away from her parents. Her parents were already in the United States. The Senator wrote, “But even though kids can now stay and apply for asylum if they are travelling w relatives who aren’t parents, the relative can’t stay.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told CNN’s Dana Bash that three new facilities were established last week and “implementing new efficiencies in the HHS process so that we can unite these children with their relatives here in the United States.” He further added, “This is what we do. We know how to do it. We have dealt with surges in the past, and the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security will succeed.”
Alejandro claims that the present situation is because the current surge of migrants at the border is one of the biggest surges in 20 years. No data was provided by him as to when HHS will provide more humane facilities for migrant children who are considered unaccompanied.
Alejandro Claims that the situation at the border is so difficult because of the challenges that have been brought on by the pandemic and the previous regime’s policies. He said, “Not just because the Trump administration tore down our systems and we have to rebuild them from scratch, but also because of the fact that we’re in the midst of a pandemic,”
The Trump regime separated more than 5400 children from their parents under their family separation policy. 600 parents of these children had still not been found by December 2020. The children who were in US Custody have filed over 5000 sexual abuse complaints and harassment complaints in four years.
It is believed that the current situation at the Southern border will only grow worse in the coming months. Joe Biden is not discussing this openly and silencing people who are talking about it is not helpful.