I don’t know how many times I’ve typed it, but I’ll continue to do so: President Joe Biden is losing control of the southern border/immigration crisis. As a reminder, to this day his administration still won’t use the term “crisis” presumably because it’s bad optics and proof that his soft and weak border policies caused it.
According to The Hill, the border crisis continues to worsen, if that’s even possible. There are a record number of unaccompanied, illegal migrant children being held in captivity, many of whom are there well beyond the 72-hour legal limit.
As of Sunday, less than two months into his administration, NBC News (yeah, I’m surprised that they covered it, too) reported that a staggering 4,276 illegal migrant children were in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody.
Of those thousands of children, 2,943 were held long past the 72-hour legal limit, with the average stay for the children lasting roughly 117 hours. Just last Monday, 3,200 children were being held, which at the time was an unprecedented, record number. Now, this week, that record has already been smashed and one can only imagine what numbers will look like in the weeks to come.
March numbers are already looking horrendous, compared to the already-bad numbers from February. The seven-day average for “single day encounters” of illegal migrant children now stands at 565, which trounces the average of 313 in February, which, again, was also an extremely high number at the time.
Biden’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a bland statement on the situation just hours ago.
“DHS has continued our close coordination with HHS as it increases its capacity to care for unaccompanied minors and place them with sponsors. Our goal is to ensure that CBP has the continued capability to quickly and efficiently transfer unaccompanied minors after they are apprehended to HHS custody, as is required by U.S. law, and as is clearly in the best interest of the children.”
“Addressing the flow of unaccompanied children crossing our southwest border is an important priority of this Administration and DHS,” it continued. “It requires a whole of government coordinated and sustained response.”
The “challenge,” as the Biden admin likes to call the crisis, has already resulted in several unprecedented moves, such as utilizing a large convention center in Dallas, Texas to house thousands of unaccompanied minors, ordering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help accommodate the children and a recent call from the head of DHS for “volunteers” from other agencies to help.
The issue has become so big that even the Biden-friendly mainstream media is forced to cover it, which in these times is really saying something.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — if it’s already this shockingly bad in under two months, imagine what the next weeks and months — and years — could mean for this country?
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org