Biden to Face First Immigration Crisis
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning that there will be upward of 117,000 unaccompanied children that show up at the border with Mexico in 2021. Many political pundits are referring to this development as the first crisis to happen under the presidency of Joe Biden. For context, approximately 80,000 minors crossed into the U.S. during the serious humanitarian crisis in 2019.
Biden’s Immigration Policies
This dire prediction is a direct result of Biden’s immigration and border policies. Since taking office on January 20, Biden and his administration have made their policies clear. This includes ending the process of deportation, restarting the notorious “catch and release” program, lifting the various restrictions put on immigrants by former President Donald Trump, and ceasing the “Remain in Mexico” policy that required asylum seekers to stay in their home country while waiting for their hearings.
The overall inviting vibe by Biden has already resulted in more migrants wanting to cross the border.
The U.S. government only has approximately 8,000 beds for holding children who come across the border. The president has been advised to boost this number to at least 20,000 in order to handle the predicted influx of undocumented children.
However, the role of DHS goes far beyond simply providing beds. The agency is also required by law to provide play areas, cafeterias, counseling services, and educational classrooms. At this point, the government is just not ready to handle the number of kids expected to need these services, thanks to the lax immigration policies.