President Biden and his administration are adamantly denying there is a Southern border crisis, but facts would indicate that the situation is escalating rapidly. About 1,000 illegal immigrants were trying to make their way into the U.S. in 2015. That number is currently approaching 4,000 individuals.
Over 700 unaccompanied minors are waiting to be transferred to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shelters. Of those children, over 200 have waited more than 48 hours. On March 3, 2021, officials admitted that they held some children up to five days before moving to a shelter. Additionally, the president was briefed that there would soon be a shortage of at least 20,000 beds. Unofficial reports say that the Department of Health and Human Services will quickly change their COVID protocol so that up to 2,000 more children can be housed in the current shelters.
Officials who had worked on the issue during President Trump’s administration say that they believe that up to 13,000 children could try to cross the border in May when border crossings typically peak.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki says that the administration has three choices regarding the children. They can leave them with the Border Patrol, move them to shelters operated by Health and Human Services, or place them with foster families before they are vetted. She says that the administration has chosen the middle option.
President Biden Abolishes Order
While denying that there is a crisis, President Biden abolished the emergency medical order that President Trump had used to hold people on Mexico’s side of the border.
President Biden still denies that the Southern border is at crisis levels because of immigrants. The numbers tell a different story.