While the Biden administration continues to publicly deny that there is a “crisis” at the U.S. southern border, new information exposes this as more of Biden’s lies.
Massive numbers of illegal immigrants are surging into the country in anticipation of more lenient treatment under President Biden, but, as usual, the administration and the Democrats in Congress are pitifully unprepared.
The Washington Post called the situation a “crisis,” noting its “magnitude came into clearer focus Wednesday as the new administration was holding record numbers of unaccompanied migrant teens and children in detention cells for far longer than legally allowed and federal health officials fell further behind in their race to find space for them in shelters.”
The news outlet went on to say that the migrant children are being held in “grim steel-and-concrete cells built for adults,” known as Border Patrol surge facilities, for “an average of 107 hours” while they await transfer to an HHS-run shelter. That time period is well over the 72-hour legal limit.
Barely two months in, the situation is worse under Biden than it ever was under Trump.
“Young people are waiting in cramped, austere holding cells with concrete floors and benches. Lights remain on 24 hours a day, agents say, and there are few places to play,” the Post report continued. The outlet noted that the largest number of children held in surge facilities under Trump was about 2,600 in June 2019.
WTOP reported that Neha Desai, a lawyer representing migrant youth in U.S. government custody, said she interviewed children who said they were hungry, as well as minors who only showered once in seven days.
“Some of the boys said that conditions were so overcrowded that they had to take turns sleeping on the floor,” Desai added, citing interviews with nearly a dozen unaccompanied migrant children held at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding facility in Donna, Texas.
The Department of Homeland Security projects at least 117,000 unaccompanied migrant children will illegally enter the country this year — the incompetence of the Biden administration has been exposed as the scramble for solutions.
Last month, the administration authorized officials to purchase plane tickets to fly migrant children to relatives within the U.S. But according to the Post, even that radical action has not been enough to keep up with the influx.
“Over the first week of March, HHS received more than 450 migrant teens and children per day on average, roughly three times as many as the agency was able to release to family members and sponsors,” the report stated.