The Federal Emergency Administration Company will assist shelter and switch a report variety of little one migrants exhibiting up on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Homeland Safety secretary stated Saturday,
Whereas the administration of President Joe Biden has prevented calling the state of affairs a nationwide emergency as former President Donald Trump declared in 2019 , it acknowledged a rising variety of “encounters” on the border since April.
Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated FEMA would assist youngsters discovered on the border keep away from being handled as detainees of Customs and Border Safety and transfer them extra shortly into the care of the Division of Well being and Human Providers.
From there, he stated, the kids could possibly be positioned with a member of the family or sponsor till their immigration instances are processed.
“I’ve stated many occasions, a Border Patrol facility isn’t any place for a kid,” Mayorkas stated in an announcement.
FEMA will discover and increase appropriate services for the kids, the Homeland Safety Division stated, and adults and accompanied youngsters will proceed to be returned to Mexico.
Homeland Safety officers stated volunteers additionally can be part of the hassle to seek out shelter for the migrant youngsters.
So many unaccompanied minors have been exhibiting up on the border in late winter that some observers consider a brand new humanitarian disaster could possibly be brewing.
Greater than 3,200 unaccompanied migrant youngsters are being housed in Customs and Border Safety holding services, NBC News reported Monday. Greater than half have been being held in so-called “ice packing containers” not supposed for youngsters as a result of detainees can solely be held within the cells for a most of three days.
Geoff Bennett contributed.