Homeland Security Secretary assured Administration is making every effort to resolve difficult situation
US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas on Tuesday responded to criticism of the surge in migration at the southwest border, noting that the number of migrants arriving in the region promises to reach its highest level in the last 20 years.
Mallorcas said the government is setting up a joint clearance center to place children arriving in the country under the care of the Ministry of Health and Human Services and is trying to find additional accommodations.
“The situation on the southwestern border is difficult. We are working on this, ”the minister said in a statement.
President Joe Biden’s administration is trying to expedite the clearance process for the hundreds of underage migrants who cross the southern border unaccompanied every day.
Authorities stress the “border is not open” and warn that they are sending back adults and families who have attempted to illegally cross the border since Biden took office and pledged to reverse some of his predecessors Donald Trump’s tough immigration initiatives.
According to an anonymous source in the Customs and Border Control Service, as of Sunday, about 4,300 children who arrived in the country unaccompanied are being held in temporary premises at the border. By law, children must be placed under the care of the Ministry of Health within 72 hours.
“The premises of the border service are overcrowded with children, and the established 72-hour period for transferring children to the care of the Ministry of Health is not always observed,” Majorcas admitted. According to him, the Ministry of Health and Human Services is also unable to accept such a number of children.