The US Border Patrol detained 9,300 unconfirmed children in February, up from 5,700 in January. This increase at the beginning of the year suggests more families and children to come in the coming months. Previous migration waves peaked in early summer – usually around May.
Suddenly increased Children entering america alone
The devastation left after two major storms last year is driven by the toll of the coronavirus epidemic and the alleged waiver of enforcement. Most of the children are seeking safe shelter from dangerous conditions in their countries Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico.
“Poverty, high levels of violence, and corruption in Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries have fueled migration to our southwestern border for years.” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said
. “Adverse conditions have continued to decline.”
Mayorkas said his agency “has been on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border over the last 20 years,” including more inbound children. Both Biden and the Trump administration are shifting single adults and families away from an epidemic-related health system. However, the Biden administration is no longer leaving unaccounted children.
Typically, after being taken into border patrol custody, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to turn unconscious children within 72 hours, who are tasked with taking care of migrant children.
The families Until recently running their shelters at partial capacity
To maintain the Kovid-19 distancing protocol, which limited their ability to accept children within those first three days. This forces children Wait in prison-like conditions at border petrol adult facilities
Longer than the legal limit of three days.
By 18 March, More than 4,500 children were waiting in Border Patrol custody
And 9,500 children were in HHS care – up from 5,100 children in HHS care as of 31 January.
It will take time for them to reconnect with a family member or issue them to another suitable sponsor. But it can take months. By the summer of 2020, children in custody remained in HHS care for approximately one year on average. An administration official said that the average length of stay of a child in HHS custody is currently 34 days.
HHS has released 131,800 children between October 2017 and January 2021 to US-based sponsors. Of those, 43% were discharged to a parent or other legal guardian, 47% were sponsored by another immediate relative, and 10% were issued to a distant relative or an unrelated sponsor.
FEMA is assisting HHS Expand your capacity
Providing shelter to more children. Teens, who represent the majority of unaccompanied children, are also being moved out of the border patrol facilities. Temporary Shelter at Dallas Conference Center
Until they can be accepted by HHS.
President Joe Biden said he hopes these efforts to open additional shelters will provide enough beds for all children in US custody “until next month in custody”.
“What we should be doing is making sure that we provide beds for these children” Biden said in a March 17 interview with ABC
. “We will have, I believe, enough room to take care of these children until next month, who have no place to go. But they need to be taken care of.”
In the meantime, Some 14,000 children
– More than 4,500 children are waiting for adults to be moved out of Border Patrol facilities and more than 9,500 children in HHS custody – waiting for the US government to decide their fate.
-Prisilla Alvarez and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report