- Joe Biden Announces Opening Second Camp for Migrant Children in Carrizo Springs, Texas
- It will have a capacity to serve around 500 minors unaccompanied by adults
- However, they explain that it could eventually be expanded to accept up to 2,000
After revealing videos from a custody, the administration of President Joe Biden announces that it will open a second camp for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas, according to information published on the news portal of Newsweek.
Yesterday, the administration of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, decided to make public the terms of migrant children who remain in the custody of CBP authorities.
WILL SERVE 500 MINORS
This second camp for migrant children in Texas will have a capacity to serve around 500 minors who try to enter North American territory without the company of an adult, for which they will remain in the custody of CBP.
In addition, this announcement comes amid criticism from legislators on both sides, after the president reopened a similar facility that was used during the term of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
WHAT SERVICES WILL THEY PROVIDE?
Through a statement on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, for its days), explained that the second camp will be located within the Center for Attention of Influence North (ICF) Target Lodge Pecos
“(The camp) will ensure that (migrant) children in Texas are transferred to ORR shelters, where children receive educational, medical, mental health and recreational services until they can be unified with families or sponsors without undue delay.”
WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE?
After it was reported that they will open a camp for migrant children in Texas, it was revealed when it will open. ICF officials said it will be as soon as it is ready to care for minors safely, the HHS / ORR spokesperson added.
The current government justifies the opening of these places because there has been a substantial increase in unaccompanied minors at the border, which is why their worthy attention is necessary.
ASK TO CARE FOR MINORS
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in charge of serving immigrant minors who cross the border until they are delivered to their relatives or host families in the United States, seeks to expand its shelter capacity and asked the Pentagon on Tuesday to use two of its military bases.
The Pentagon press secretary, John Kirby, indicated at a press conference that HHS asked to use part of the San Antonio-Lackland Base and some land at the Fort Bliss barracks, in El Paso, both located in Texas, where they have been recorded the largest increases in the arrival of immigrants in recent weeks.
SEEK TO EXPAND CAPACITY
“We will have to analyze it and evaluate it as we would any other request for assistance,” said Kirby, noting that it would not be the first time they have attended to house immigrant civilians. The Pentagon spokesman said he did not know the number of minors who would be transferred to these two facilities if they receive the approval of the Department of Defense.
The HHS, led by the Hispanic Xavier Becerra, seeks to expand its reception capacity and also plans to open a new center in the Texas town of Carrizo Springs, to house 500 migrant minors unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian, CBS reported News.
When it opened a few weeks ago, the first Carrizo Springs center had the capacity to house 700 minors between the ages of 13 and 17. Since then, two more have opened in Texas, first in Midland and later the Dallas convention center was adapted to accommodate adolescent migrants as well.
The next opening of facilities in Pecos (Texas) has also been announced and this Monday the authorities of San Diego (California) reported that they had reached an agreement with HHS to enable the San Diego Convention Center as a temporary shelter for non-children. accompanied who entered the country recently.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
After being detained and processed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the minors are transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the HHS unit that has to take care of them until their families are located in the States. United.
CBP had as of yesterday almost 5,000 minor migrants in its custody and another 11,000 were under the guardianship of HHS, in an increasing number, as well as the number of migrants who illegally cross the border with Mexico.
The number of undocumented migrants crossing the border from Mexico has been rising month by month since last May, and in February it exceeded 100,000, with an increase of 28% over the previous month, according to official figures.
In the case of unaccompanied minors, the monthly increase was 61 percent in February, while that of families shot up 163 percent compared to last January, which is why the legislators criticize.
CAN ONLY STAY 72 HOURS
The law establishes that minors cannot remain in detention for more than 72 hours, although in these weeks the Government has been unable to meet this deadline, largely due to lack of space in the already crowded HHS shelters and that is why they are searching of new facilities.
A few days ago they considered adapting NASA space agency facilities at the Moffett airfield, in the San Francisco Bay area, northern California, to house immigrant minors, although it finally seems that this possibility was ruled out.
The administration of President Joe Biden has tried for several weeks to prevent the public from seeing images like the ones released Monday, of migrant children in federal custody sleeping on mats, covered with isothermal blankets and separated by plastic sheeting.
Government officials have steadfastly refused to describe the detention of more than 15,000 migrant minors, or the situation in which they live, as a crisis. However, they have hampered most of the efforts of independent observers.
The White House boasts of its methodical deployment of measures in its little more than 50 days in office, but advisers to the presidency privately acknowledge that the wave of migrants on the southern border and the subsequent media furor took them by surprise.
Customs and Border Protection, which includes the Border Patrol, released its own series of photos and videos Tuesday, taken at the Donna and El Paso, Texas, facilities. With information from EFE and AP Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and participate for a $ 100 gift card each month. Receive your favorite news in your email inbox from today.
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