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A growing number of unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border is highlighting President Biden’s struggle to fulfill his campaign promises on immigration — as well as the difficult path to comprehensive immigration reform.
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A growing number of unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border is highlighting President Biden’s struggle to fulfill his campaign promises on immigration — as well as the difficult path to comprehensive immigration reform.
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bring them into shelters where they can get health treatment by medical doctors. As of Tuesday night, there were over 13,000 unaccompanied minors in U. S custody, including a record number in the custody of US Customs and border Protection. Specifically, we haven't had updated numbers from CBP on this, but as of Sunday morning, more than 4000 unaccompanied Children were in border protection custody. They're not supposed to be in that custody for more than 72 hours. But Biden administration has been really struggling to keep pace with the number of people arriving on the southern border before. They can transfer them to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is authorized to administer care to Children. Kids are now either in permanent shelters operated by that agency or in some new temporary facilities that have been opened along the border, including Increases Springs, Texas, which was a tent facility that opened under the Trump administration. But the Biden administration is now reopened. Axios reports the White House may need as many as 20,000 total beds. Migrant Children currently occupies 7700 of the some 13,000 beds operated by health and human services, but that number has doubled since just the end of last year. At the moment, the Biden officials have been trying to urge patients with the response to the border. But they really don't have time to put in the kind of sophisticated systems that they were seeking to initially put in place just because the immediate situation is so dire. Nicola Nuria is Vox's immigration reporter, and she says the Biden administration was not prepared for this. I think it's important to note that including unaccompanied Children, the majority of people that people on the ground are observing coming to the border have in fact been waiting for a chance to cross the border. For more than a year now, many of them have been kept out by Trump administration policies, including some pandemic era restrictions that resulted in the expulsions of tens of thousands of people to Mexico. So many of them have been waiting for an opportunity to cross the border for a long time, and the trump policies basically just created this pent up demand that we're only now seeing coming to the fore. But otherwise, you know, this is the result of a really long standing crisis in Central America's Northern Triangle countries, which are Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They've been enduring for a long time now government corruption, gang related violence, frequent extortion and high levels of poverty. There's also been a pandemic related economic downturn in the region. In a series of hurricanes late last year that devastated Honduras and Guatemala in particular, ADA and Iota were two of the strongest storms of 2020 in one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons in recorded history, the impact of the storms in Honduras has been particularly devastating. Bridges and power lines collapsed, roads buried under mud slides and entire towns flooded. Those crises have only exacerbated the more longstanding problems driving people to make a dangerous journey north to seek protection and a better life. You know, Nicole, I think any time we hear about kids crossing the border, it conjures images of kids in cages. A few summers ago, what do we know about the conditions that these kids are being sheltered under? For those who are still in U. S. Customs and Border Protection custody, they're being held in these temporary processing centers which really aren't designed to minister care to Children. They were initially built in mind with
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