US border officials are facing a flood of unaccompanied migrant children, after the Biden administration renounced Donald Trump’s border policies, allowing them to stay in the US. Minors are held in temporary facilities that are running out of space, given the increasing numbers.
The current US administration spends nearly $60 million a week to maintain custody under Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supervision, where at least 16,000 migrant children are temporarily being held before being handed to a family member or sponsor in the US, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing obtained government data. According to the report, the cost of having migrant children in these shelters will rise significantly over the coming months.
As a result of the record-breaking numbers of migrant children that crossed the US border and caused capacity shortage in permanent shelters that had 7,700 beds, the Biden administration has quickly created ten “emergency facilities”, creating 16,000 additional beds in convention centres and military bases.
To date, new shelters accommodate about 8,500 children, with 4,000 awaiting to be transferred from permanent facilities.
The cost to provide one child with food and other necessary items in permanent shelters reportedly stands at $290 each day. As spokesman the HHS’s Administration for Children and Families, Kenneth Wolfe, told The Washington Post, the cost of caring for a child in new emergency places is nearly 2.5 times…