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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended how the Biden administration is handling the overflow of unaccompanied children crossing the border on Meet the Press on Sunday. He claimed Americans will “look back on this and say that we secured the border and we upheld our values.” He also emphasized the administration’s message to those trying to cross that “the border is closed.” “We are safely processing the children who do come to our border,” he said, but told potential crossers “not to do so now.” Mayorkas mentioned the Biden administration is working to create temporary facilities for unaccompanied children to remove them from border stations. NBC News
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Biden Continues to Face Border Overflow
President Joe Biden said Sunday he would visit the border “at some point” and that he is aware of what is happening in border facilities. He promised the administration is doing “a lot more” to deal with overflowing facilities, including re-establishing the ability for asylum seekers to “stay in place and make their case from their home countries.” Despite working to end the image of “kids in cages,” the administration continues to struggle with handling the situation at the border. Career immigration officials warned of a possible surge after the November election when news spread that former President Donald Trump’s policies would be reversed. The Associated Press
Migrant Families Being Placed in Hotels
Some migrant families traveling to the U.S. will be placed in hotels under a new program created by nonprofit organizations, known as Endeavors. The San Antonio-based program will manage the “family reception sites” at seven different brand-name hotels in Texas and Arizona. Tae Johnson, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency signed a $86.9 million contract with Endeavors to provide temporary shelter and processing services for migrant families. The contract includes 1,239 beds and services. The hotel sites will open in April and offer COVID-19 testing, medical care, food services, social workers and case managers. Reuters
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