Illegal Child Migrant Numbers Spike as Biden Rescinds Trump Immigration Policy, Refugee Agency Says

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Joe Biden has issued over 50 executive orders, instruments and memorandums in just over a month’s time, with 20 of these direct reversals of Trump-era policies, and many related to immigration and border control.

The federal agency responsible for housing immigrant children illegally crossing into the United States via the border with Mexico has recorded a record-breaking number of new entries, CBS reports, citing preliminary government statistics.

The February 2021 figures break the record set in 2019, when the agency took in close to 5,900 minors in a single month.

The Biden White House scrapped a Trump-era policy of speedy expulsions for unaccompanied minors with no court hearings, with minors now transferred to the ORR for processing. Children are supposed to be placed in the custody of sponsors – possibly relatives living in the US, if applicable.

The report on child crossings comes amid news that Washington has agreed to allow child migrant shelters to be filled to 100 percent capacity, bypassing earlier Covid-related restrictions limiting capacity to 50 percent. The White House is also reportedly considering adding facilities for temporary shelter, including an emergency plan to house child migrants at a Virginia military base.

Last week, President Biden was briefed that up to 117,000 unaccompanied children could enter the United States in 2021.

The Biden administration has speedily worked to revoke Donald…

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