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U.S. Needs Estimated 34,100 More Beds for Migrant Children

Repurposed convention centers and military sites to hold migrant children may not be enough to accommodate a surge of border arrivals.

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The Biden administration could need as many as 34,100 more beds to keep up with the projected number of unaccompanied children arriving at the border. The pandemic and rising numbers of border crossings has led to a shortage in shelter space for migrant children, leading thousands to be held in border facilities designed for adults. The administration had close to 5,500 unaccompanied migrant children in Customs and Border Protection custody and over 12,550 children in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS has recently announced several new facilities, including repurposed convention centers and military sites, will house these children. Still, government projections show they may not be enough. CNN Politics

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