A leaked Department of Homeland Security document reveals 823 unaccompanied migrant children are being illegally held in border patrol custody for more than 10 days.
Under federal law, border patrol can detain children for a maximum of 72 hours, but as of March 20th, “3,314 unaccompanied children had been in custody longer, with 2,226 for more than five days and 823 for more than 10 days,” the outlet continues.
President Biden, therefore, is illegally holding these children, and staunch critics of Donald Trump’s immigration policy such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have failed to criticize the move. We have, of course, not yet seen her posing for photo ops at the border as she did under Trump.
These facilities aren’t meant to house kids for more than three days, but the recent surge of children at the southern border has overwhelmed the Biden administration’s capacity to handle them.
The numbers also represent over a fourfold increase from the past week.
“The trend is accelerating. On last Monday, only 185 migrant children were being held in border patrol custody for more than 10 days,” Axios notes.
Yesterday shocking photos were released showing the deteriorating conditions inside border facilities being overrun by immigrants who’ve rushed to the border to take advantage of weakened border policies along with Biden’s DHS Secretary’s announcement to migrant parents that that their children won’t be expelled if they send them alone.