Leaked documents show that Biden expects 26,000 unaccompanied minors to be arrested at the border by September
Joe Biden’s border crisis is not going to go away anytime soon, with internal projections leaked Monday showing that unaccompanied minor arrests are expected to reach 26,000 by September.
In February, the government predicted that the number of illegal unaccompanied minor border crossings would reach 13,000 by May, but the documents leaked to Axios show that the new estimate is between 22,000 and 25,000.
These figures only represent minors crossing the southern border from Central America – as those from Mexico can be more easily returned to their home countries.
The massive increase in the expected number of underage migrants suggests that Biden’s team has vastly underestimated the immigration crisis as the government continues to try to shift the blame to the latest government.
The previous record of minor border crossings was under former President Donald Trump in May 2019 when it reached 11,475. This month, that record was smashed with a figure in excess of 16,000.
Biden administration projections leaked and revealed Monday show Border Patrol projects up to 26,000 minor border attacks in September – more than double the record set under Trump in May 2019
The new projections come as Biden pledges not to reject unaccompanied minors arriving at the southern border
From Sunday to Monday, more migrants arrived illegally at night from Mexico on the US bank of the Rio Grande River
The group of migrants from Honduras and Guatemala was pulled ashore by a ‘coyote’ people smuggler on an inflatable boat
Customs and border protection projections in the leaked document go to September 2021, where the range of minor border attacks is expected to be between 22,000 and 26,000 – both figures more than double the record reached under Trump’s harsh immigration policy. .
Biden claimed at his first press conference last Thursday, “Nothing has changed,” adding that the massive influx is “happening every single year.”
Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director, echoed that point on Sunday, calling it a “cyclical problem” no worse than any other point in US history.
“These are the same kind of peaks we’ve seen,” Bedingfield told ABC’s ‘This Week’ presenter Jonathan Karl. ‘They are not the result of the policy of one administration or the policy of another administration. They are the result of, for example, weather disasters in the region. They are the result of people fleeing poverty and violence. ‘
This argument is untrue. The number of detentions at the southern border and illegal border crossings, small and otherwise, is the highest it has ever been, regardless of the circumstances.
The rapidly changing situation is compounded by the Biden government’s refusal to renounce its promise to take in all children who arrive at the border without an adult or a family unit.
With this and other current policies, Biden’s government is facing an unprecedented number of children illegally crossing the border this fiscal year. Numbers are expected to run from 159,000 to 184,000.
The president and his senior officials insist that the “ border is closed, ” claiming to return all adults and family units arriving at the US-Mexico border to their home countries.
However, Department of Homeland Security officials are warning of a wave of migration, including adults and family units, that could be the largest on record in the past two decades.
DHS expects between 500,000 and 800,000 migrants to arrive as part of a family group by September.
Biden insists that family units and adults arriving at the border be rejected and sent back to the country, because the government claims the ‘border is closed’. Above a family of immigrants who arrived illegally, lined up at a processing checkpoint on Sunday evening
Border patrol processing and storage facilities have been rapidly overrun, reaching at least 700% of mass capacity.
The Department of Health and Human Services is looking for additional accommodation for minors, including the need for 6,000 additional beds for shelters. The goal is to keep the occupancy rate of the facilities at 90%.
Plans are underway to make room for an additional 5,000 minors on military bases.
Last week, Biden announced that he is tasking Vice President Kamala Harris with the White House response to the situation at the border, which the government continues to refuse to call a “crisis.”
Also in the minds of Americans is a lack of transparency from the Biden about processes at border facilities.
White House press officer Jen Psaki said on Sunday that the government is “ committed ” to transparency but would not provide a timeline for when reporters and their cameras would be allowed to tour facilities where migrant children are being held.
Biden said at his press conference on Thursday, “I don’t know,” when asked when reporters would be allowed to tour and take pictures of the facilities.