The Biden administration’s unbelievably lax immigration policies have resulted in a surge of immigrants at the border, which has led to the U.S. having to utilize more detention facilities. You know, the facilities that Biden and the Democrats cried about for the last 4 years, calling them “cages”.
In Texas, Biden just re-opened a border facility that will only hold children unaccompanied by their parents to await processing.
The Biden administration claims they had to open the facility, which was shut down during the Trump administration, to comply with COVID rules.
That’s a major lie, says the former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan.
Morgan said, “Those facilities aren’t needed because of COVID. That’s absolutely not true. Those facilities are needed because this administration is now encouraging, incentivizing, and facilitating illegal entry in the United States, and the numbers have skyrocketed.”
The Daily Caller reported:
Over 78,000 migrants were apprehended while illegally crossing the border in January, Morgan said. Over 3,500 migrants were apprehended daily, though the number is likely closer to 4,500 when accounting for the people who evaded law enforcement officials.
“They’re reinstating catch and release, that’s why these facilities are needed because they’ve created a new crisis,” Morgan said.
Morgan continued, asserting that the administration is releasing illegal immigrants into the country and “preventing ICE from lawfully deporting 90% of those that they’re encountering here illegally.”
It’s only going to get worse and the Biden administration is already running out of space to hold them.
The AP added in a separate report:
An internal memo sent Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press authorizes facility operators to use government funding for transport fees “in the event that a sponsor is not able to pay fees associated with commercial airfare, and a child’s physical release would be otherwise delayed.” HHS declined to say how many flights would be funded.
HHS has drastically cut its capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all of the department’s 7,100 beds for immigrant children are full. Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents are apprehending an average of more than 200 children crossing the border without a parent per day. Most Border Patrol facilities aren’t equipped for long-term detention, with children forced to sleep on mats in cells where the lights stay on around the clock.
The only reason it’s an issue at all is that the migrant surge is growing far faster than immigration authorities can manage it.
U.S. Health and Human Services on Wednesday authorized operators of long-term facilities to pay for some of the children’s flights and transportation to the homes of their sponsors. Under the agency’s current guidelines, sponsors can be charged for those flights and required to pay before the government will release children, even if the sponsors have been vetted by the government.
Those costs can sometimes exceed $1,000 per child.
In other words, Biden’s lax immigration policies are inviting a wave of immigrants. And now the U.S. is literally running out of space to keep them, especially unaccompanied minors.