Published: Tue, March 16, 2021
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Biden asks United States disaster agency to help migrant children

Biden asks United States disaster agency to help migrant children

US authorities encountered children traveling alone 9,457 times in February, almost double the number in January and the highest since May 2019, when the figure neared 12,000 during the peak of a Trump-era surge. The number of migrant children in custody at border facilities tripled to more than 3,250 in recent weeks, with many held longer than allowed under existing immigration law.

When asked in a Fox News interview on Sunday about whether illegal immigrants are spreading the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, the Republican governor responded, "I have not seen any data about what the COVID rate is" while adding that agents have reported to his office that there are illegal immigrants coming across the border with the virus.

The Biden administration ordered the government's disaster emergency agency Saturday (March 13) to help with a surge in migrant children crossing the southern border that has overwhelmed processing facilities.

"I am incredibly proud of the agents of the Border Patrol, who have been working around the clock in hard circumstances to take care of children temporarily in our care", Mayorkas said in a statement.

And in early March, about 108 illegal immigrants released by Border Patrol into Texas over a several-week period tested positive for the CCP virus, officials said.

One administration official said the 2018 policy had a "chilling effect" on parents and sponsors who were anxious about coming forward to claim their children, and added, "There will not be immigration consequences going forward".

GOP critics have called for days for the Biden administration to refer to the situation at the border as a "crisis".

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. Dallas previously offered space to HHS during the 2014 surge of crossings of immigrant children. "FEMA is there to help ensure that the people who are at the border, who are coming across the border have access to HHS and [Office of Refugee Resettlement] shelters, that we can swiftly place them with vetted families".

Biden declined to reinstate public-health expulsions of children, and his administration has also been unable to expel many families in South Texas due to policy changes in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, across from the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

President Biden has begun reversing some of Mr Trump's migrant policies. The increased arrivals come as Biden has reversed some of the restrictive policies of former President Donald Trump, a Republican.

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