Child migrant facilities are now operating at 100% capacity due to a large influx of movement at the US-Mexico border.
The Biden administration has recently issued new protocols with the help of CDC officials that now allow children migrant facilities near the US- Mexico border to house and operate at 100% capacity due to the influx of migrants on the border seeking asylum and relocation. Now being over 45 days into the Biden administration, the administration seeks to reform immigration and security regulations to allow an expedient and lenient immigration process. The previous Trump administration sought to review asylum seeker applications while mandating that seekers must remain in Mexico until approved. This was done under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
The change comes due to large numbers of asylum seekers coming through the border, as well as Senior Administration officials advising President Biden after their Border Region and facility review trip. The administration is working alongside the CDC and has released new memos encouraging facilities to continue exhibiting procedures that will protect migrants and staffers from the virus and it’s spread. In January 2021 CBP’s enforcement encounters totaled nearly 78,000, a 6% increase since December 2020, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The recent actions and executive orders on immigration by the Biden Administration have faced much criticism from members of the Republican Party. Former President Donald J. Trump stated “Spiraling Tsunami, Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden. The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers”. There is also concern of the increased risk over operating at 100% capacity at the border migrant facilities.
ARTICLE: JACOB KOVACS
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NBC NEWS