You would hardly know it from the media coverage, but the Biden administration has a stunning border crisis on its hands.
As a wave of child migration overwhelms the system, one Border Patrol facility in Texas is at seven times its official capacity, CBS News reported.
‘Staggering’ number of children
The Donna, Texas center was keeping 1,800 people on March 2, putting the facility at 729% over its capacity under a COVID limit of 250 people.
The shocking numbers are the latest indication that Biden is keeping “kids in cages” in the kind of overcrowded conditions that liberal Democrats deplored when Donald Trump was in the White House.
An immigration lawyer who visited the tent facility, which opened last month, described a “staggering” number of children living in squalor.
Some of the children said they haven’t been able to shower and are taking shifts sleeping on the floor, lawyer Neha Desai said.
“We appreciate the extraordinary challenge that the government faces in undoing the damage of the prior administration’s immigration policies,” Desai said. “That said, it is deeply concerning to see young children in facilities for days on end, unable to take a shower, call their families or see the sunlight.”
Biden overwhelmed by self-inflicted crisis
There are now some 4,300 child migrants in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities meant for adults, a record, with many being kept past a 72-hour legal limit. Border agents apprehended more than 100,000 migrants in February, the highest number since Trump’s 2019 crisis.
On Tuesday, DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that border crossings could soon reach their highest levels in 20 years. Still, the Biden team and allies in Congress, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have only indirectly acknowledged there is a crisis, blaming Trump for an “inhumane” and “broken” system.
Critics say that that the emergency is entirely self-inflicted, caused by Biden’s “humane” approach sending a message to migrants that they will meet little resistance from authorities. Biden has aggressively dismantled Trump’s no-nonsense policies, while holding out promises of mass amnesty.
While Biden’s team won’t acknowledge a crisis in word, their actions tell a different story. The Biden administration has allowed facilities to ignore COVID restrictions, and Biden has called on FEMA to help deal with the emergency.