The accelerated pace at which children arrive increases the stress of the system, leaving them in prison-like facilities for extended periods of time. On Sunday, there were about 4,200 unaccompanied children in the custody of the border patrol.
After the children are guarded by the Border Patrol, they will be handed over to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for the care of migrant children. But in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic
, the department has made an effort to accommodate the influx as until recently the shelters operated with limited capacity.
Over the weekend, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas headed the Federal Emergency Management Agency
to help receive, accommodate and move children.
“I am grateful for the exceptional talent and responsiveness of the FEMA team,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “I am incredibly proud of the Border Patrol agents, who have been working 24 hours a day in difficult circumstances to care for children temporarily in our care. However, as I have said many times, a border patrol facility he is not a child. “
A National Security official previously told CNN that the rise of children arriving at the border has drawn a lot of attention and meetings continue “at the highest levels.”
“It will be very difficult to stop it,” the official said.
He administration career
to house migrant children marks an early critical test for President Joe Biden, who took office promising to reverse what he launched as cruel policies adopted by former President Donald Trump that hindered the arrival in the US of people fleeing the US poverty and violence.
Now, Biden is working to strike a balance between promoting a more humane approach to immigration, while sending the message to potential immigrants not to come.
At the height of the 2019 border crisis, when there were overcrowded facilities and children sleeping on the ground, there were about 2,600 unaccompanied children in the custody of the border patrol, formerly a former CBP official. he told CNN