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‘We’re not keeping up’
A growing number of children crossing the US-Mexico border alone is posing one of the biggest challenges yet for the Biden administration, which aims to take a more humanitarian approach toward migration than its predecessor.
Negli ultimi giorni, officials have scrambled to find shelter space for unaccompanied children after the coronavirus pandemic led to a reduction in the number of beds that could be used to comply with health guidelines.
“We’re not keeping up,” said a Department of Health and Human Services official, referring to the department’s capacity to care for children.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said this week that the administration is working to manage the flow of migrants across the US southern border, as it tries to put new policies in place.
“It is a stressful challenge. Ecco perchè, quite frankly, we’re working as hard as we are, not only in addressing the urgency of the challenge but also in building the capacity to manage it,” Mayorkas said from the White House briefing room, adding that the Trump administration had “gutted” the US immigration system.
Unaccompanied children are among the most vulnerable populations encountered at the border. There were more than 1,300 children in Border Patrol custody waiting for placement by HHS on Tuesday, a source tells CNN. — CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez writes to Meanwhile from Washington