President Joe Biden is leaving many activists on the left feeling betrayed as migrant children remain locked up in the very “cages” Biden promised to stop using.
According to a new report, Biden is now coming under fire for separating children from adult relatives other than their parents as he struggles to confront a growing border crisis, according to Breitbart.
Biden separating migrant children
The report, from USA Today, addresses a rise in migration by children who arrive at the border with adults who are not their parents.
“The migrant children often arrive with a grandparent, older sibling or other relative but are separated until federal officials can confirm the accompanying adult is their relative, as required under U.S. law,” the outlet reported.
Children who are apprehended under these circumstances are classified as unaccompanied minors and sheltered separately in federal facilities. This is done to protect against trafficking, but the children can end up spending months in isolation until a sponsor or adult is vetted.
Advocates have called on the Biden administration to reduce the time children spend in these facilities.
“It really does look and feel in many ways like a parent-child separation,” said Lisa Koop, associate director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center. “The trauma of the separation is very similar.”
Biden contends with reality of crisis
To Biden’s credit, this is a very tough situation, but he doesn’t have much warrant to complain after moralizing about the supposed inhumanity of Donald Trump putting “kids in cages.”
Confronted with a crisis of his own making, Biden is being forced to make some compromises with reality as he struggles to find shelter for a surge in unaccompanied children brought on by his very own far-left immigration policies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is allowing migrant shelters for children to operate at 100 capacity, despite COVID guidance, as the number of child migrants has increased from 47 a day in early January to 321 per day.
“We’re going to chart our own path forward,” press secretary Jen Psaki said. “And that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders.”