U.S. races to find bed space for migrant children as number of unaccompanied minors in government custody hits 15,500

By March 30, 2021In the News

U.S. races to find bed space for migrant children as number of unaccompanied minors in government custody hits 15,500 

Camilo Montoya-Galves, NBC News (March 21, 2021)

By the end of March, the United States will be currently housing 15,500 children. 5,000 of these children are being kept in a Border Patrol tent facility well past the 72-hour limit prescribed by U.S. law. Due to limited bed space and the increasing number of unaccompanied minors, the sole refugee agency with HSS has had to open makeshift facilities to get children away from Border Patrol facilities. Thus far, the Biden administration has refused to expel these children back to their home countries, calling the previous administration’s practice of doing so inhumane.