Joe Biden has ordered a team of his top immigration policy advisors to the southern border as news of the growing crisis intensifies. Biden demands a full report from his team with policy suggestions as to how the administration should handle the growing child migrant crisis.
The trip couldn’t come at a more opportune time as another wave of migrants, many underage minors, have approached the border, pleading with Biden to let them in.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) March 3, 2021
The Biden administration has decided to keep details of the trip confidential as to protect against “safety, security and privacy” concerns.
According to reports, leaked Health and Human Services documents showed Customs and Border Protection referring an average of 321 children per day to the former — a dramatic increase from the weekly average of 203 observed at the end of January.
At the end of last month, the White House faced questions over the reopening of a child migrant facility in Texas — an apparent betrayal of then-candidate Biden’s pledge from 2019 not to detain children.
The issue served as a central criticism of former President Trump as Biden continually decried how the former administration put “kids in cages.” When confronted about the Texas facility, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki argued that “this is not kids being kept in cages.”
Migrant family detention centers in Texas will be converted into rapid-processing hubs. It was reported Thursday that Homeland Security Department documents showed the administration intended to screen families with the goal of releasing them in the U.S. within 72 hours.