- More than 3,500 unaccompanied teens and children have been held in Customs Border Patrol (CBP) detention centers designed for adults in recent days
- Most children are spending on average 108 hours in the cramped CBP facilities, DHS data shows, dwarfing the 72-hour limit
- The official line from the Biden administration continues to be there is no crisis
- Yet anonymous Biden officials warned Friday they do not have the capacity to increase beds to meet demand from the record number of migrants
- The CBP detained or processed a staggering 100,441 migrants in February including nearly 10,000 unaccompanied children – levels not seen since 2019
- ICE’s Michael Meade called for ‘immediate’ deployment of available personnel to the border this week as he warned the influx will ‘grow over the coming months’
- Children at one facility in south Texas are going hungry and are only able to shower once every seven days as the center is at 729% of its legal capacity
ICE has asked for volunteers to send to the US-Mexico border ‘as soon as this weekend’ as a south Texas migrant complex is seven times over capacity and reports are surfacing of children being forced to sleep on floors of detention centers.
Michael Meade, ICE’s acting assistant director for field operations called for the ‘immediate’ deployment of available personnel to the border in an urgent email to senior staff Thursday night as he warned the challenging circumstances will likely ‘grow over the coming months’.
More than 3,500 unaccompanied teens and children have been held in Customs Border Patrol (CBP) detention centers designed for adults in recent days as Joe Biden’s easing of immigration rules has fueled a surge in migrants crossing the border.
Yet the president insists there is no crisis at the border.
Hundreds of immigrant children and teenagers have been detained at a Texas Border Patrol tent facility in packed conditions, lawyers who have interviewed some of the children say. The Biden administration has denied the lawyers access to the facility. t.co/QetIQtKsGW
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 13, 2021