CNN reveals 3,200 migrant children held by Border Patrol, exceeding peak under President Trump

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In a recently published report from CNN, the outlet revealed that the current administration’s DHS has managed to detain a record number of unaccompanied minor migrants at Border Patrol facilities. 

The outlet went as far as to showcase that the current issues at the border regarding unaccompanied minor migrants detained by Border Patrol has managed to surpass – by hundreds – the 2019 border crisis.

The growing problem at the southern border since President Biden has taken office has gotten too large to ignore at this point – as even CNN has had to report on the matter. 

According to an article originally published on March 8th by CNN, the following was noted: 

“The number of unaccompanied migrant children in U.S. Border Patrol facilities, which are akin to jail cells and not intended for kids, has reached dramatic highs, according to internal agency documents reviewed by CNN, underscoring the urgent challenge facing the Biden administration.

More than 3,200 unaccompanied migrant children were in Customs and Border Protection custody, according to the documents dated Monday. Of those, around 2,600 were awaiting placement in shelters suitable for minors, but there were just over 500 beds available to accommodate them.”

CNN had reported that less than one week prior to the agency noting that roughly 3,200 unaccompanied minors were being held in custody, there was only around 1,700 being detained by the Border Patrol. 

Apparently President Biden has still not been briefed yet as of March 9th regarding a recent trip, “by his top aides…which included a visit to a facility for unaccompanied migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas,” where the first facility designed to hold migrant children was opened up since Biden took office. 

According to CNN’s findings on the matter, the Biden administration is in the midst of “juggling the realities on the border” in an effort to confront the surging number of unaccompanied minors crossing, in concurrence with holding up to the humanitarian approach to the border that Biden heavily campaigned on: 

“[D]ata reveals the continued bottleneck in the system, with more children coming into custody than the U.S. government is prepared to care for. It also emphasizes the hurdles facing the Biden administration as it tries to strike a more humanitarian approach on immigration while juggling the realities on the border.”

But what was most interesting within CNN’s reporting of the developing situation at the southern border, was the mentioning of the current dilemma as compared to when Trump was dealing with his own version of the border crisis back in 2019: 

“The numbers are overwhelming. To compare, at the peak of the 2019 border crisis — when there were overcrowded facilities and children sleeping on the ground — there were around 2,600 unaccompanied children in Border Patrol custody, a former CBP official told CNN.”

In an effort to rationalize why there’s currently an influx at the southern border, the CNN article pointed to some possible reasons why the southern border is seeing as much traffic as it is currently.

One of those reasons mentioned was the impact that COVID-19 has had on the Latin American region:

“A myriad of reasons can account for the sudden rise in children at the US-Mexico border, including the pandemic’s dramatic toll on Latin America, where economies once projected to grow have been decimated.”

While it’s certainly reasonable to point to the pandemic as having some impact on illegal immigration at the southern border – it doesn’t explain why numbers have exponentially increased in recent weeks when the pandemic has been ongoing for a year. 

CNN also pointed to hurricanes that have hit the region, before mentioning what’s realistically on many people’s minds as to why there is suddenly an issue at the southern border – pointing out, “a perception of relaxed enforcement by the Biden administration.”

The reality is that there’s a growing problem related to the U.S.-Mexico border, but with the compounding issues contributing to that problem, finding a manner to address and rectify that issue is becoming increasingly complex. 

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In other immigration-related news, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is attempting to alleviate issues impacting the southern border via deploying state assets like the National Guard and DPS to combat the caveats of illegal immigration. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in March. 

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AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently announced a newly launched plan to curtail and combat issues related to the smuggling of humans and narcotics through the southern border, which includes deploying the states National Guard and State Troopers to key areas. 

On March 6th, Governor Abbott announced what has been dubbed as “Operation Lone Star” – which the operation’s main focus is, “to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas.”

In a statement provided by Governor Abbott regarding the operation, the following was noted: 

“The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration.”

“Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans.

We will surge the resources and law enforcement personnel needed to confront this crisis.”

The effort will include the deployment of the state’s National Guard and DPS officers in concurrence with, “air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas,” as mentioned in a follow-up tweet by the governor. 

Just days before this announcement from the governor was made, even Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar admitted that there was something that needed to be done about what was impending at the southern border: 

“We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option. Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic.”

The Texas Democrat made said statement after it was revealed that Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents had managed to apprehend approximately 10,000 migrants in a seven-day period between late-February and early March. 

Congressman Cuellar explained that with illegal border crossings going along in concurrence with the ongoing pandemic is, “potentially exposing border communities to the coronavirus and putting us at risk.

Right now, none of the migrants are being tested for COVID-19 by Border Patrol.”

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