In just a month and a half the new Democratic administration and Biden’s policy of open immigration has drastically worsened the crisis on the border. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported a record 7,000 unaccompanied migrant children who were sent to shelters in February alone. In the first four days of March, 1,500 minors have already been added, bringing the number to 8,500 during Joe Biden’s government, not counting the last 11 days of January, corresponding to the beginning of his term.
HHS officials reported that they located more than 7,000 minor immigrants who entered the United States in February alone. This figure is much higher than that registered in January, when the number of migrant children placed in shelters was 4,000, which already represented an increase of 19% compared to December, according to a report presented by CBS News .
If compared with February 2019, a considerable increase is also observed, since in the same month last year, HHS welcomed about 5,900 migrant children, a figure that was considered a record at that time.
But the crisis seems to be increasing. The report presented by CBS News also includes the first four days of March, in which 1,500 cases have already been added. On average, the Office of Refugee Resettlement – the agency in charge of sheltering minors – is receiving 337 migrant children per day, according to figures managed by the US Congress, which is also mentioned by this television station.
The Democratic Party made strong opposition to the government of Donald Trump, accusing the Republicans of separating migrant children from their families and locking them in cages. However, it is worth remembering that these cages were built during the previous Democratic administration, under Barack Obama. This was stated in June 2019 by Thomas Hosman, who was Obama’s main immigration chief. But in addition, last February Biden reopened these places to hold migrant children, and they are now called “shelters”.
For all these incongruities, the criticism that Joe Biden’s administration faces for separating migrant children at the border is even greater. The number of children being held without a companion at the border continues to rise. Breitbart Texas reported that due to overcrowding at HHS shelters, unaccompanied minors are being held in Border Patrol facilities designed to house children, but not for more than 72 hours, as required by law.
Precisely to solve the problem of overcrowding, CBS News reported a week ago that HHS began to reactivate spaces and increase the number of beds to have a greater reception capacity for migrant minors and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
More cases of immigrants with COVID-19
Concern about the health crisis that can multiply with the uncontrolled entry of immigrants grows every day. According to an investigation by the Telemundo network , 108 immigrants released by the Border Patrol since January 25 have tested positive for COVID-19 and have thus been allowed to board buses and move freely through the United States.
This situation in the border city of Brownsville, Texas, set off the alarms. The number of positives in this place is equivalent to 6.3% of all immigrants subjected to the test, but the situation is more worrying in other locations.
Bill Reagan, director of Loaves and Fisher, a place that serves as a dining room and shelter for migrants in Harlingen, Texas, said during a municipal commission meeting that at least 25% of migrants who arrived in a first group had tested positive for the coronavirus test, as reported by The Washington Times .
But the setting can be even more delicate. The shelter director added that there are likely more cases that are not being detected because, given the conditions, the tests are “almost useless.”
The most worrying thing is that these people infected with the CCP virus are not abiding by any type of confinement. “We cannot quarantine them (…) even though they have tested positive, they leave the next day. They take buses or flights and continue on their way, ”said Bill Reagan, according to The Washington Times review .
Jen Psaki, press secretary of the White House, has insisted that the entry and free movement of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 is not allowed. However, testimonies collected by the press at the border say otherwise and it is likely that these migrants are already scattered across the vast US geography, defying the insistence of the Biden Administration that its border policies are not a new vector for spread, disease or the general security of the United States.