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What Is Happening With Migrant Children At The Southern US Border?

An unfinished section of new security fencing along the U.S. / Mexico border. (Image: DoD / JCOS)

The US is bracing for a 20-year high in numbers of migrants arriving at the southern border, including thousands of children who are being kept in government-run detention facilities that critics say are inhumane.

A pandemic health order means that most adults and families are being summarily turned away, but the Biden administration has allowed unaccompanied children under the age of 18 to enter the US while their claims are processed.

The record breaking influx of children being held in these camps has led US officials to send in the Federal Emergency Management Agency – a government organisation that normally deals with major emergencies like natural disasters.

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[ Editor’s Note: ]

Joe Biden, in one of his first executive actions, terminated the national emergency declared by former President Trump and halted construction on the border wall.

Then in early February, Biden signed an executive order revoking former President Trump’s ending of the controversial practice of “Catch and Release” — which allows illegal immigrants apprehended along the border in the U.S. to remain in the US while awaiting their court date (which is often many years out), as an alternative to holding them in immigration detention.

In the same action, Biden also ended the “Remain in Mexico” policy for those arriving at the U.S. border and seeking asylum. Thousands of so called “remainers” have now been allowed into the country with more on the way.

Further, in 2017 Trump issued an executive order that dramatically expanded immigration enforcement within the interior of the U.S., vastly increasing the number of people Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could arrest and target for deportation. Biden has also revoked that executive order, significantly curtailing interior enforcement.

Now consider the general view of these four actions from outside of the U.S.. First, the U.S. is no longer building the border wall. If you are caught sneaking in, they have to let you go. If you don’t get caught along the border there is much less of a chance of being caught in the interior. If you show up and claim asylum, they will now let you stay while the asylum process plays out.

What could go wrong?

The tragedy now beginning to unfold on the southern border is 100% on the shoulders of Joe Biden or whoever is calling the shots while he is napping.

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