The Biden administration is being warned by CDC that they should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases in the child migrant centers.
According to reports, the Biden administration is reportedly planning to let child migrant shelters to fill its full capacity as the administration struggles to handle the ongoing border crisis, getting ring of the previous requirement that they will limit themselves to just 50% during the Coronavirus precautions.
Biden administration lets child migrant centers fill to 100% amid surge in numbers
CDC tells facilities that they should 'plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases'
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Axios first reported that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had written a memo that would allow the Biden administration to fill the facilities to 100% capacity. However, they warned them that they should “plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases.”
The Axios also stated that the CDC memo also encourages facilities to test children after the 14-day quarantine protocol, wear masks, improve ventilation of the area and isolate those who’ll test positive
In a statement that was given by Health and Human Services to Fox News, they said that “based on CDC guidance, [HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement] has notified facilities they may temporarily reactivate capacity within their full licensed capability up to safe occupancy levels.”
The statement also said that the same instruction applies to influx facilities up to what the Office of Refugee Resettlement and the contractor conclude to be safe for the influx. In both cases, reactivating beds must be done in a way that keeps a safe and healthy environment for unaccompanied children and staff.
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The Health and Human Services also said that the guidance also calls for strengthened COVID mitigation plans in order to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at these facilities.
“Additional shelter capacity will minimize the likelihood that children remain in Border Patrol stations longer than necessary, where they are also exposed to COVID-19 transmission risks as well as child welfare concerns associated with such settings,” according to the Health and Human Services.
They also added, “Over-capacity Border Stations pose a greater infection risk to children than ORR program sites that are operating at full licensed capacity but use other COVID-19 mitigation measures.”
This move serves as the latest action done by the Biden administration to cope with the influx in migrant facilities at the border, particularly unaccompanied minors. Recently, the administration also opened a new facility in Carrizo Springs, to accompanied unaccompanied children. In addition to this, they are also looking at sending child migrants to a military base in Virginia.
Amid a surge in unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border, the Biden administration is now considering housing some of them at Fort Lee in Virginia. @jacobsoboroff reports: https://t.co/7vyjCLJor7
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) March 6, 2021
The migrant surge at the border has quickly escalated into a crisis and major political headache for Biden administration. Republican lawmakers point the cause to a number of measures that Biden imposed, as he erased Trump-era border protections as the reason for the surge.
The Biden administration has also rolled back the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which would keep migrants in Mexico while they are waiting for their hearings to process. They also narrowed down enforcement priorities for Immgration and Customs Enforcement.
In addition to this, Mexico’s refusal to accept additional families with children under age 12 in areas where migrants camps grow more bigger has added to the release of families into the interior of the U.S.
The Biden administration has also stopped asylum agreements with Northern Triangle countries and has offered a sweeping immigration program that would see citizenship given to millions of illegal immigrants.
The administration has denied that there is a crisis, and instead describe it as a “challenge.” They also provided ideal promises such as ending the “cruelty” from Trump administration and replacing it with “an orderly humane and safe immigration process.”
Republicans urged Biden to reinstate a national emergency declaration and change course on policy.
Donald Trump attacked the new administration's immigration policies on Friday.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 6, 2021
On Friday, former President Trump issued a rare statement wherein he accused Biden of creating a “spiraling tsunami” at the border.
Trump said, “Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden.”