800 Migrants Kids Held in Biden's 'Cages' for Over Week Past Limit, Leak Shows
Leaked DHS documents shows minors held for over 10 days - legal limit is 72 hours
Migrant children are being held in the Biden administration's cage-like border facilities for over a week beyond the maximum legal limit, a leaked document has revealed.
The leak from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was obtained by Axios and shows thousands of migrant kids are being held in overcrowded facilities.
The docs reveal that 823 minors have been kept in the "cages" for over ten days.
Under current U.S. law, Border Patrol can only legally hold a child in custody for a maximum of 72 hours.
When the time limit is reached, the kids should be transferred into longer-term facilities operated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
However, in the first two months since assuming power, Joe Biden and his administration have been unable to manage the crisis, or even acknowledge its existence.
Unprecedented numbers of migrants descend on the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes of lenient treatment under the new pro-open-borders president, according to The Blaze.
Axios reported Monday that "as of Saturday, 3,314 unaccompanied children had been in custody longer [than is legally permitted], with 2,226 for more than five days and 823 for more than 10 days."
The Washington Post reported earlier this month that many migrant children are being held for longer than three days.
But on Monday, Axios reported that the new numbers exhibit "more than a fourfold increase over the past week," a sign that the problem is only worsening.
"Last Monday, only 185 migrant children were being held in [Border Patrol] custody for more than 10 days," the report stated.
Part of the reason the law dictates that children can only be housed in Border Patrol custody for 72 hours is simply that the temporary surge facilities operated by the agency are not suitable to house children for any longer.
Photos leaked by Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar's office on Monday from inside a surge facility in Donna, Texas, show hundreds of children packed into small makeshift rooms with nothing but thin mattresses and bedding materials.
Conditions inside facilities like the one in Donna have been previously described by media organizations as "grim," cage-like, and "akin to jails."
Cuellar described the setting as "terrible conditions for the children," adding that Border Patrol agents were "doing the best they can under the circumstances" but are "not equipped to care for kids" and "need help from the administration."
To free up space inside both shorter- and longer-term facilities, the Biden administration has reportedly decided to spend $86 million in taxpayer money to pay for hotel rooms to accommodate migrant children and their family members.