For the past few years, the U.S. border has been getting a lot of migrants and it’s been over crowding way more than in 2019. According to CNN, 2021 is on track to exceed 2019 in the number of people apprehended at the border. Just over 100,000 people were encountered last month, 24,000 more than in February of 2019. The number of unaccompanied children crossing the US-Mexico border in March is on pace to surpass May 2019, the highest month that year in arrest of minors.
The borders have not been opened yet because President Biden is trying to pass a health law for migrants. Back in February, around 70,100 migrant families were sent back to their countries, but they are not giving up. President Biden’s administration is handling the processing of child immigrants differently than the previous administration since they are accepting children unaccompanied into the U.S. But children younger than seven years old, can ask for a pursuit asylum and nearly 18,046 unaccompanied children are currently in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, said that more children are trying to cross the border than adults. Selee continued to say that he hasn’t seen so many unaccompanied children attempt to enter the country in recent history. Guatemalan Migrant Araceli Franso Cruz and her two children were discovered unconscious after trying to cross the Rio Grande. Cruz’s three year old was revived, but her nine year old didn’t make it.
The border facilities of Donna, Texas is so overcrowded that there’s not even room for everyone to lay down. There are now 3,889 migrants in the facilities which are only meant to hold 250 people. This means that it is currently at 1,556% capacity, which President Biden says is unacceptable. The Biden administration is working to open other facilities, and promises that there will be changes coming soon.