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DHS chief announces border is closed indefinitely amid surge of unaccompanied migrant children

Immigration - Human migration

The Secretary of Homeland Security publicly declined to give a timeline for opening new facilities designed to handle the Biden Administration’s recent surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

On Sunday, the Secretary of Homeland Security for the Biden Administration, Alejandro Mayorkas, declined requests to provide a timeline for announced plans of opening new migrant facilities to house unaccompanied minors. Sec. Mayorkas stated, “We established three new facilities last week… We are working on the system from beginning to end. We are working around the clock 24/7.”  He later continued, saying, “We have dealt with surges in the past and the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security will succeed.” 

Earlier, when asked about the recent surge in migrants crossing the southern border, Press Secretary Jenn Psaki claimed that the Biden Administration did not consider the situation “a crisis.” However, the Biden Administration has recently started identifying the situation as a “crisis.” However, as of recently, Sec. Mayorkas has blamed the “crisis” on the previous Trump Administration, claiming that the Trump Administration “dismantled a safe and orderly immigration system.”

Despite accusations against the Trump Administration, Sec. Mayorkas did, in fact, identify the situation as a crisis. After identifying the crisis, Mayorkas did expand on the Biden Administration’s plans for dealing with the migrant crisis and how it’s affected the Covid-19 pandemic, saying, “We are in the midst of a pandemic, we are dealing with crowded Border Patrol facilities, we are focused on our operations and the needs of the children and at the same time, we are working to provide access to those border patrol facilities when we can do so in a safe manner.” 

As Secretary Mayorkas’ statements illustrate, the Biden Administration is largely seeking to move away from the immigration policies of the Trump Administration. Thus, as the Biden Administration has brought with it many immigration policy changes, the number of migrants— especially minors— crossing the southern border has increased exponentially. Whether or not this surge in immigration on the southern border is a result of the Biden Administration’s policies is, however, still up for debate. Nonetheless, the results of such drastic policy changes will continue to reveal themselves, as the crisis progresses.

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ARTICLE: CARSON WOLF

FBA US NEWS EDITOR: CARSON WOLF

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