On Thursday, a White House spokesman said that Biden ordered senior members of his team to visit the southern border and report back to him on how to handle the recent influx of migrant children.
As a new batch of migrants approached the border, Biden faced scrutiny of how his administration treats these children in custody.
Shocking. More kids in cages. More kids being abused by traffickers.
HHS: “In the week ending Mar 1, Border Patrol referred to HHS an average of 321 children per day. That's up from a weekly average of 203 in late Jan & early Feb—& just 47 per day during the first week of Jan.” https://t.co/Cr3K87jsBB
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 4, 2021
The spokesman said, “President Biden has asked senior members of his team to travel to the border region in order to provide a full briefing to him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and an assessment of additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety and care of these children.”
The spokesman added that out of safety, security, privacy concerns, the date and time on when the visit will stay confidential. However, the White House will still provide a readout of what transpired during the visit after it concludes.
According to a leaked Health and Human Services documents, there is an average of 321 children every day that shows up at the border. This number is a dramatic increase from the previous average of 203 per week at the end of January.
NEW: Internal documents from HHS show how quickly the number of child migrants crossing the border is overwhelming the administration's stretched resources.
It's a mushrooming problem for the new president and his policy & social welfare agencies. https://t.co/ByjGSYKs9p
— Axios (@axios) March 4, 2021
Last month, the White House faced a sensitive question about reopening the child migrant facility in Texas. This move is a clear betrayal from the then-candidate Biden’s reported pledge not to detain children.
The child migrant facility, which the Biden administration recently reopened, has been a central criticism of former President Trump as Biden continuously decried how the Trump administration put “kids in cages.”
However, when Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki was confronted about the Texas facility, she could only argue that “this is not kids being kept in cages.”
Last month, a White House official also told Fox News that Biden’s approach is to “deal with immigration comprehensively, fairly and humanely.” The official added, “The policy of this administration is not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at our borders. The Border Patrol will continue to transfer unaccompanied children to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement so they may be properly cared for inappropriate shelters, consistent with their best interest.”
Although the numbers were not confirmed by the HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), they said that they continue to work aggressively to meet its responsibility by law in a statement to Fox News.
The same documents say the shelter system is at 94% occupancy and expected to reach its maximum this month.https://t.co/ByjGSYKs9p
— Axios (@axios) March 4, 2021
The statement added, “HHS will continue to utilize all available options to safely care for the children referred to us. These options include both short-term and long-term solutions.”
They also stated that in the short-term, we could ensure children do not spend more time in border patrol facilities than necessary by using influx facilities when additional space is immediately needed. They also stated, “Simultaneously, ORR is committed to aggressively moving toward the long-term goal of acquiring enough state-licensed beds in our care provider network to reduce the need for influx facilities.”
According to Customs and Border Protection, the Biden administration has been facing an influx of migrants on the border. It also worked rapidly in erasing a series of Trump administration’s border protection and other measures that Trump designed to protect the border.
MUST SEE: Jen Psaki has no idea that Joe Biden signed an executive order to resume dangerous Catch and Release!
This administration is out of control!
— ACTforAmerica (@ACTforAmerica) February 5, 2021
For instance, the Biden administration ended the construction of the wall and restarted the “catch-and-release” order in which migrants that were caught crossing the border will be released into the U.S. lands. The Trump administration ended the “catch and release” practice in the year 2019. This move helped lessen the number of illegal migrants crossing the border.