DHS Warns 117,000 Illegal Children Will Cross Border This Year
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President Joe Biden is expected to face his first crisis as commander-in-chief with a record surge of illegal minors at the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios reports.
The Biden administration’s reversal of the Trump administration’s decision to return all unaccompanied minors to Mexico rather than bringing them into U.S. custody is a leading factor for smugglers sending 2,000 children over the border each week this month, the Washington Examiner reports.
This year alone, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) projects there will be 117,000 unaccompanied child migrants crossing the border without proper shelter available.
In 2019, during the humanitarian crisis at the border there was a surge of 80,000 children.
Axios sources say HHS is expected to reach its shelter capacity this month, but the Biden administration is downplaying the issue.
On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the current situation at the border is not a crisis.
Biden is expected to attend a private briefing on the border Tuesday.