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As of Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection had 1,763 unaccompanied migrant children in its custody. About 625 of them were held for more than 72 hours, which is the legal limit for holding children. Data obtained by NBC News shows that 95 of the 625 children who were waiting over 72 hours for transfer to custody of the Department of Health and Human Service were under 13 years old. CPS facilities are not intended to hold children for an extended amount of time. More and more unaccompanied minors are being held at the border after President Joe Biden reversed former President Donald Trump’s policy that expelled migrant children at the border. NBC News
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Sessions Expresses Regret Over Continued Family Separations
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was involved in Trump’s “zero-tolerance” border strategy said it was “unfortunate” that migrant children and parents were not reunited after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the 2018 Trump policy, thousands of children were separated from their parents. Sessions defended the prosecutions in a phone interview on Tuesday, saying a person traveling with a child “shouldn’t be given immunity.” But he did display regret that attorneys are still having trouble finding children’s parents. “It was unfortunate, very unfortunate, that somehow the government was not able to manage those children in a way that they could be reunited properly,” said Sessions. Reuters
Democratic Leaders Not Pushing Biden’s Immigration Plan Yet
Democrats are still not ready to support Biden’s massive immigration overhaul plan. Instead, they’re slowly moving the Biden bill through committee while the full House votes on more direct immigration legislation. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, approved the path forward and referred to Biden’s proposal as “important and serious.” Biden’s proposal is a top priority for progressives and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who feel it is important to reform immigration now. But more centrist Democratic leaders did not want to bring up a bill that has a chance of failing. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus, promised “we’re pushing very hard” to follow through with Biden’s proposal. Politico
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