“As of the end of last week, HHS has placed more than 22,500 unaccompanied children in its network of shelters and shelters,” CBS News said, reporting that “Border Patrol saw an average of 653 unaccompanied minors per day at HHS in April, a sharp increase according to government data the daily average of 369 in March. ”
The Biden administration also noted significant reductions in waiting times for children in both HHS and CBP detention. CBS News reports that Mayorkas said the time children spend in CBP custody has decreased from an average of 130 hours in March to 20 hours now. The outlet reported at the time that 3,000 children had been arrested in the past the legal limit of 72 hours Up to 500 of them are held for up to 10 days.
As Jayapal said, this is another huge improvement – but we need to keep lowering that number until it’s as close to zero as possible. Mayorkas themselves said that these facilities are “No place for a child.” Two court-appointed inspectors who found in April that the CBP facilities were “excessively stretched” also said these locations are “by no means suitable for minors”.
In the case of HHS, CNN reports that the administration said, “[t]The average time children reunite with a godparent has been reduced from 40 days on February 22nd to 29 days. The reunification of children with a parent or legal guardian is shorter and takes about 22 days. “
The Biden government issued guidelines in March to expedite the release of children in HHS custody, including instructions Travel expenses for the release of a child to a sponsor. “If done successfully, it will have a huge impact on the number of children in custody,” said Bridget Cambria, immigration attorney and child imprisonment attorney. tweeted at the time.
The administration also canceled a barbaric policies of the previous administration that made immigrants sponsoring a child in HHS custody vulnerable to deportation. During NBC News reported Politics was already “largely hampered” by a number of potential sponsors were taken into custody by federal immigration officers during its use. In another change, tThe administration also announced that it would resume a program that allowed Central American children to join parents who are already in the US and have legal status.
Republicans have responded largely to the number of children in border patrol stations with stunts like camouflage and machine guns, and instead used these children as an excuse for not promoting popular immigration reform laws. Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, one of the lawmakers who participated in one of the border stunts, has teamed up with Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema to put in place laws for the border that policy experts actually say: “revives harmful policies from the Trump administration. “