Biden Admin Pays Adult Sponsors' Travel Costs to Pick Up Migrant Children
Biden uses desperate move as admin struggles with border crisis
The Biden administration is paying travel costs for adult sponsors to pick up migrant children from shelters as the surge in unaccompanied minors (UACs) spirals out of control.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed its Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) was okayed last month and would start paying for travel costs for sponsors to pick up children.
In February, the Biden administration started using government funds to pay to transport minors to sponsors.
The transport of children to sponsors is a "normal part" of the UAC program’s operations, according to HHS spokesperson.
According to estimates, the United States is spending at least $60 million a week to house unaccompanied children.
Currently, there are over 20,000 in HHS custody.
It's not clear how many sponsors are having their travel costs paid by the taxpayer.
But the news signifies the costly moves the Biden administration is making to stem the crisis at the southern border.
Authorities encountered over 172,000 migrants in March alone.
In that number, there were 18,890 unaccompanied children.
CBS News reported children are “being held an average of 120 hours in Border Patrol facilities."
The legal limit is 72 hours that Border Patrol is permitted to detain unaccompanied minors.
As Democrats defended Biden and blamed Donald Trump's policies for the boder crisis, reports that Biden "encouraged" migrants to attempt to make illegal crossings into the US say otherwise.
As Neon Nettle reported last month:
While an influx of unaccompanied minors continues along the southern border, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding facility in Donna, Texas, was at 729% pandemic-era capacity at the beginning of March.
"Some of the boys said that conditions were so overcrowded that they had to take turns sleeping on the floor," Neha Desai, an attorney representing migrant youth in federal government custody, told CBS News.
The Donna migrant facility is designed for 250 migrants for pandemic-era capacity but was holding more than 1,800 people on March 2.