'We're not keeping up': Biden-administrasie skarrel om kinders te huisves wat alleen die grens tussen Amerika en Mexiko oorsteek

The Biden administration is racing to find space for the growing number of gesinne and unaccompanied children crossing the US-Mexico border alone, which may include opening more temporary facilities and providing federal funding for Covid-19 testing.

We’re apprehending more kids than we can release,” a senior Homeland Security official told CNN. “There’s a lot of discussion about who to release to make room for these kids.
“Ons hou nie tred nie,” said a Department of Health and Human Services official, verwysend na die departement se vermoë om onbegeleide migrerende kinders te versorg.
The Border Patrol had more than 1,300 children in custody waiting for placement by HHS on Tuesday, roughly a 300 person increase from the day before, a source with knowledge told CNN,
    HHS is charged with the care of unaccompanied migrant children until they’re placed with a sponsor, like a parent or relative, in die VSA, but as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, en voorsorgmaatreëls om verspreiding van Covid-19 te voorkom, the department is only able to use a little more than half of the beds it has for children. That means capacity is about 94% vol.
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded Monday that the administration is facing a challenge on the US southern border, as it tries to set in place new policies and manage the flow of migrants.
    “Dit is 'n stresvolle uitdaging. That’s why quite frankly we’re working as hard as we are, nie net om die dringendheid van die uitdaging aan te spreek nie, maar ook om die vermoë om dit te bestuur, uit te bou,” Mayorkas said from the White House briefing room, adding that the Trump administrationguttedthe US immigration system.
    Doeane- en grensbeskermingsamptenare is die eerstes wat in aanraking kom met kinders wat alleen die Amerikaanse grens oorsteek. Nadat hy in Grenspatrollie in hegtenis geneem is, unaccompanied children are turned over to the Health and Human Services Department.
    In Januarie, meer as 5,800 onbegeleide kinders en byna 7,500 gesinne is in hegtenis geneem deur Doeane- en Grensbeskerming aan die grens tussen Amerika en Mexiko, volgens die agentskap se mees onlangse maandelikse data.
    To expand capacity, the agency opened a “sagte kant” struktuur in Donna, Texas, en is constructing another in Eagle Pass, Texas. Ten minste nog vier “sagte kant” fasiliteite word oorweeg, al is plekke nie vasgespyker nie, volgens 'n senior DHS-amptenaar. Bykomende grenspatrollie-agente word ook ontplooi om te help met die verwerking.
    Unaccompanied children are increasing across the board,” said a senior Customs and Border Protection official. “All the holding places are full, there’s a constant backlog.

    Funding for Covid-19 testing

    Dwarsdeur die pandemie, the US has used a public health law that allows border officials to turn away migrants apprehended at the southern border. Just recently, Mexico stopped accepting some families from being returned. A new law in Mexico, combined with social distancing in US detention centers, has created a lack of space for migrants, forcing CBP officials to release families into the US.
    In south Texas, McAllen asked the state for thousands of Covid-19 tests to test migrants being released. A local shelter run by Catholic Charities is administering the tests. The Biden administration is considering building on that with federal assistance.
    One plan being discussed is providing grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to localities to acquire Covid-19 tests and distribute those tests to migrants who are released, according to the senior DHS official.
    CNN reached out to DHS for comment.
    But that still doesn’t solve for unaccompanied children who can’t be released without a sponsor, like a parent or relative, lined up.

    Exploring ways to speed things up

    To expedite the process, the Department of Homeland Security is exploring placing HHS personnel in Border Patrol stations to immediately kick off the placement process and determine whether a child has a relative in the US, Mayorkas Maandag gesê, noem dit 'n “herontwikkeling” van die proses.
    It is an idea that’s being considered, but there are a number of complexities that we want to make sure we’re getting right,” said the HHS official.
    A senior CBP official, who supports the proposed plan, said having HHS personnel at facilities could help diminish the lag time in communicating between agencies and speed up the process of moving children out of Border Patrol custody. A similar process exists with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to facilitate the transfer of adults to ICE custody.
    In 'n aparte poging om bespreking van borge vir kinders te bespoedig, HHS is besig met 'n datategnologiestelsel wat inligting intyds sal bywerk en kontak met die FBI vir agtergrondkontroles, skeerure, indien nie dae nie, van die proses sonder om hoeke te sny, het die HHS-amptenaar gesê.
    The system is expected to be rolled out this summer, but the data is already being used to help discharge children more quickly, het die amptenaar bygevoeg.
    Totdat 'n kind aan 'n borg vrygelaat word, wel, HHS moet nog plek kry om hulle in sy skuilnetwerk te plaas. To do that, the agency is adjusting its guidelines, in samewerking met die Sentrums vir Siektebeheer en -voorkoming, om meer beddens aanlyn te bring deur sommige van die voorsorgmaatreëls wat vroeër in die pandemie ingestel is, los te maak. Dit sluit dubbele maskering in, personeel aan te moedig om ingeënt te word, meer toetse by te voeg, cohorting kids to allow more than one to a room, and standing up more licensed facilities.
    “[We’re] making sure that we are implementing good public health policy but not in a way that goes in excess and then puts kids more at risk for Covid-19 and other child welfare concerns at Border Patrol stations,” het die HHS-amptenaar gesê.
      Asked whether another overflow facility is being considered, the official said no decisions have been made yet, but addedwe’re looking at all our options.HHS recently opened an overflow facility in Texas to accommodate new child arrivals.
      The flow over the border is increasing quite dramatically, which will become a serious problem. We’re not there yet, but if trends are indicators, we’re not trending in a good direction,” the CBP official said.

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