Biden Allows Child Migrant Centers to Expand to 100% Capacity as Numbers Soar
Questions arise from the administration's handling of the border crisis
Joe Biden is to allow child migrant shelters to fill to full capacity by dropping the previous limit which was 50% amid COVID-19 precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) drafted a memo that would allow them to fill to 100% capacity, telling them to "plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases," Axios reported.
The outlet adds that the memo encourages facilities to test children after 14-day quarantine guidelines, improve ventilation, isolate those who test positive, and wear masks.
Health and Human Services later said in a statement:
"Based on CDC guidance, [HHS' Office of Refugee Resettlement] has notified facilities they may temporarily reactivate capacity within their full licensed capability up to safe occupancy levels.
"The same instruction applies to influx facilities up to what ORR and the contractor determined to be safe for influx."
"In both instances, reactivating beds must be done in a way that maintains a safe and healthy environment for [unaccompanied children] and staff."
The agency added that guidance also called for strengthened COVID mitigation strategies in order to avoid outbreaks at facilities
It said it was also committed to "aggressively" moved to acquire enough state beds to reduce the need for influx facilities.
"Additional shelter capacity will minimize the likelihood that children remain in Border Patrol stations longer than necessary, where they are also exposed to COVID-19 transmission risks as well as child welfare concerns associated with such settings," the statement said.
"Over-capacity Border Stations pose a greater infection risk to children than ORR program sites that are operating at full licensed capacity but use other COVID-19 mitigation measures."
The move comes as the Biden administration struggles to cope with a surge in migrant encounters at the border.
An Arizona sheriff has warned that Joe Biden's anti-Trump immigration policies have left the border "wide open for cartels," putting Americans in danger.
Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona is speaking out against Biden's decision to halt the construction of President Donald Trump's border wall.
Dannels slammed Biden's policies, saying he has created a "crime scene" at the U.S.-Mexico border.
When Joe Biden was asked by reporters whether there was a crisis at the southern border, he denied there was one before responding, "we’ll be able to handle it.”