Over the past week, a number of bombshell reports have emerged which revealed that aside from the primary immigration influx at the border, an alarming number of those crossing into the United States are unaccompanied minors.
According to the Washington Examiner, President Joe Biden is responsible for the unprecedented uptick in illegal migrant children jumping the border stems because he authorized a loophole that parents of migrant children are exploiting which scrapped the policy of returning detained children back into Mexico.
Biden’s administration created ruled that prevent children who are caught at the border from being returned to Mexico if they’re from any other country besides Mexico.
Given that a large portion of the migrants racing toward the southern U.S. border are from Central American countries, it’s not surprising that existing facilities are over capacity, filled with unaccompanied minors primarily from countries other than Mexico.
The parents of those Central American children are clearly well-versed on Biden’s new policy, which has reportedly encouraged them to practically push their children over the border as once they’re detained, they have a much higher chance of staying in America with a sponsored family or in a facility, since they can’t be returned to Mexico.
“Still intact families who are desperate for their children’s safety are going to send their children to cross alone,” Amy Maldonado, an immigration attorney, told NBC News.
Adults seeking asylum are currently being turned away at the border, with officials saying that policy is due to COVID-19 protocols.
The surge is real
In another stunning report, CBS News confirmed on Tuesday that there are roughly 13,000 unaccompanied children currently being held along the southern U.S. border, thousands of which are being held well beyond the federally-mandated 72-hour limit.
While still refusing to label the situation as a “crisis,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters that the agency is close to setting a 20-year record, calling the worsening situation “difficult.”
“The Border Patrol facilities have become crowded with children and the 72-hour timeframe for the transfer of children from the Border Patrol to [Health and Human Services] is not always met. HHS has not had the capacity to intake the number of unaccompanied children we have been encountering,” Mayorkas admitted on Tuesday.
Though Mayorkas and the Biden administration have tasked the Federal Emergency Management Agency with handling the care of minors in custody, plans for new facilities and procedures are very clearly not being executed fast enough to keep up with the influx.
Keep in mind, Biden has barely been in the White House for two months and this situation is already complete and total proof that his immigration policies are a failure. Only time will tell how it all ends up, but it will certainly become much worse before it gets better.