Administration officials maintained that the majority of people encountered at the border in March were swiftly expelled. Single adults and families are subject to the pandemic-related policy, though some families have been admitted to the US as a result of limited capacity in Mexico.
The growing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving to the US-Mexico border
, 하나, continues to pose a challenge for officials
. “We are moving in the right direction
, but we know we have a lot of work ahead
,” 공무원 추가. 최근 몇 주 동안, the administration has announced at least
11 new sites to accommodate children and transfer them out of overcrowded Border Patrol facilities
, which are akin to jail-like conditions
The Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees a shelter network for migrant children, has been trying to speed up the release of children from US custody to a sponsor, like a parent or relative, in the United States, another administration official said.
“We have really been increasing our discharge rate and making sure that we’re unifying a child with the sponsors as soon as possible and reducing our length of care in terms of how long children are in facilities to meet this need,” 관계자는 말했다.
One of those steps include deploying personnel from US Citizenship and Immigration Services — an agency under the Department of Homeland Security — to work alongside HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement case managers.
화요일 현재, 있었다 4,228 unaccompanied children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection
, an agency not generally prepared to care for children for prolonged periods
, 과 16,045 children in HHS custody
, according to the latest government data
The latest figures indicate some level of progress as the administration tries to alleviate overcrowding in Border Patrol facilities and transfer kids to HHS. But encounters of children crossing the US-Mexico border alone are still high. 화요일에, 747 unaccompanied children crossed the border.