The officials plan to discuss managing migration in the short term with government officials but also looking at longer-term plans to address the root causes of migration and ways to expand economic opportunity, according to the officials.
The trip comes as the Biden administration races to accommodate a surge in unaccompanied minors arriving at the border, which has overwhelmed and strained government resources. Administration officials said Thursday that the federal government had more than 14,000 migrant children in its custody.
“We are working round the clock 24/7,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” 日曜日に.
Mayorkas declined on Sunday to provide a timeline for when the administration would open new facilities capable of handling the surge, but said it would be “as soon as possible.”
He said the coronavirus pandemic has partly complicated the administration’s efforts, and has also blamed Trump administration policies for dismantling the immigration system.
ジョー・バイデン大統領 on Sunday said he would travel to the border himself
“at some point.
“I know what’s going on in those facilities,” Biden told reporters.
より多い 800 unaccompanied migrant children have been in Border Patrol custody for more than
10 日々, according to documents reviewed by CNN
Federal law requires unaccompanied children to be turned over within 72 hours to the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees a shelter network designed to house minors, but amid constraints related to the pandemic, children are staying in custody for longer than the 72-hour limit.