Crisis at the Southern Border: DHS Chief Says Number of Migrants Skyrocket
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Department of Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas says there is no crisis at the border and interviewed with CNN, Fox News and NBC over the weekend to defend the Biden Administration. However, Mayorkas admits that the U.S. is on track to face more migrants at the southern border than any other time in the last two decades.
Mayorkas said the pressure on President Biden is due to choices made by former President Donald Trump.
“There was a system in place in both Republican and Democratic administrations that was torn down during the Trump administration, and that is why the challenge is more acute than it ever has been before,” said Mayorkas on CNN.
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While there may be more migrants overall, there is a specific increase in unaccompanied minors which presses the issue of a humanitarian crisis on the U.S. border.
Thousands of children are arriving at the border and sent into Customs and Border Protections Facilities, which many say look like cages. Due to the high volume of people, the children are often in Border Protection for over the legal limit of 72 hours.
The facilities are overflowing and reporters confronted Press Secretary Jen Psaki with photos at a recent press conference.
“These photos show what we’ve long been saying, which is that these border patrol facilities are not places made for children,” Psaki said.
“They are not places that we want children to be staying for an extended period of time. Our alternative is to send children back on this treacherous journey that is not, in our view, the right choice to make.”