The pictures, 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, mentioned most of the migrant children have been held “for longer” than the authorized 72-hour restrict.
Underneath federal regulation, kids arriving on the border with out dad and mom ought to be transferred inside three days from U.S. Border Patrol custody to long-term services run by U.S. Well being and Human Providers till they are often launched to members of the family or sponsors.
Cuellar mentioned it has been almost unimaginable to scale back the numbers at detention services 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 items,” Cuellar mentioned.
Greater than 16,000 unaccompanied kids had been in authorities custody as of Thursday, together with about 5,000 in substandard Customs and Border Safety services.
The Biden administration has confronted criticism for not permitting the media to entry Border Patrol services briefly holding 1000’s of migrant kids looking for to stay in the US.
Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been calling on the administration to open the services to the cameras, asserting that the present coverage is designed to maintain the general public from “totally realizing” what is occurring on the border.
U.S. authorities reported encounters with greater than 100,000 migrants on the southern border in February, the 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% enhance over February if these figures maintain for all the month.
The Related Press contributed to this report.