The images, shared by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” present dozens of children packed into glass-walled rooms, mendacity should-to-shoulder with foil blankets at a facility in Donna, Texas.
Cuellar, whose district lies in south Texas, sharing a border with Mexico, stated lots of the migrant children have been held “for longer” than the authorized 72-hour restrict.
Below federal legislation, kids arriving on the border with out mother and father needs to be transferred inside three days from U.S. Border Patrol custody to long-term amenities run by U.S. Well being and Human Companies till they are often launched to relations or sponsors.
Cuellar stated it has been practically inconceivable to cut back the numbers at detention amenities and that border patrol officers are constructing new shelters to accommodate the numbers.
“The cities, the counties, the NGOs, we’re feeling the brunt of what’s taking place with the household models,” Cuellar stated.
Greater than 16,000 unaccompanied kids have been in authorities custody as of Thursday, together with about 5,000 in substandard Customs and Border Safety amenities.
The Biden administration has confronted criticism for not permitting the media to entry Border Patrol amenities briefly holding hundreds of migrant kids searching for to dwell in america.
Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been calling on the administration to open the amenities to the cameras, asserting that the present coverage is designed to maintain the general public from “totally realizing” what is going on on the border.
U.S. authorities reported encounters with greater than 100,000 migrants on the southern border in February, the very best since a four-month streak in 2019.
Encounters have averaged about 5,000 individuals per day all through March, which might be a couple of 50% improve over February if these figures maintain for all the month.
The Related Press contributed to this report.